Posted by: Emily Schmutz Garcia | January 12, 2010

When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes

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I may have hit bottom. I have spent my free time for the last three days watching television. All I have to say for myself is that I have no excuse. I am hoping to redeem myself with some Shakespeare…

When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featured like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least,
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate

For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
-Sonnet 29

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  1. I’m so glad you’ve come to your senses. We need to hang out for real soon!


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