Sonnet 42: That thou hast her, it is not all my grief, (ASL)

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Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with short brown hair, wearing a gray T-shirt and dark gray pants. He is standing on grass. The background consists of a brick wall and a tree to the left. Behind the brick wall is a house. He is signing “LOVE-EACH-OTHER.”

Sonnet 42 by William Shakespeare

That thou hast her, it is not all my grief,
And yet it may be said I lov’d her dearly;
That she hath thee, is of my wailing chief,
A loss in love that touches me more nearly.
Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye:
Thou dost love her, because thou know’st I love her;
And for my sake even so doth she abuse me,
Suffering my friend for my sake to approve her.
If I lose thee, my loss is my love’s gain,
And losing her, my friend hath found that loss;
Both find each other, and I lose both twain.
And both for my sake lay on me this cross:
But here’s the joy: my friend and I are one:
Sweet flattery! then she loves but me alone.

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