NPM ’11: Day 5 – Shakespeare’s Sonnet 128 (Post #6)

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I’ve been reacquainting myself with my piano lately, so I thought this was a fitting choice for today. And now I’m off to tickle the keys of my freshly-tuned piano! Hurrah!

Sonnet 128: How of, when thou, my music, music play’st

-William Shakespeare

How oft, when thou, my music, music play’st,
Upon that blessèd wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway’st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest reap,
At the wood’s boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
And situation with those dancing chips
O’er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more blest than living lips.
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

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