Sonnet 88 (Shakespeare):
When thou shalt be dispos’d to set me light,
And place my merit in the eye of scorn,
Upon thy side, against myself I’ll fight,
And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworn.
With mine own weakness being best acquainted,
Upon thy part I can set down a story
Of faults concealed, wherein I am attainted;
That thou in losing me shalt win much glory:
And I by this will be a gainer too;
For bending all my loving thoughts on thee,
The injuries that to myself I do,
Doing thee vantage, double-vantage me.
Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
That for thy right, myself will bear all wrong.
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I like it. Amazing expression of a seeming duality, born from holding another with such an intensely high regard as to willingly aid in their emotional dissection of yourself. While this sacrificial effort to save our loved one from suffering any pain is selfless, we eventually see our nobility unnecessarily reflected in the world's mirror.
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