Celebration Quotation – April 29, 2016

Today’s quote comes from Sonnet 87:

"Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing." Sonnet 87

This is a graceful way to say goodbye to a relationship, particularly if you have wronged the other person.  Here’s the entire sonnet:

Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know’st thy estimate.
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
  Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter:
  In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.
What a lovely way to say, “I’m not good enough for you – you deserve better.”  Would that we could all be so gracious in ending a romance!
The image of Shakespeare is from a series of paintings by American artist George Henry Hall (1825-1913).  Another of his portraits of Shakespeare is in the collection at the Royal Shakespeare Company.  See that portrait here at ArtUK.org – one of our favorite online art collections.

Image Source: Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Image Collection


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