If thy soul check thee that I come so near,
Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,
And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there;
Thus far for love my love-suit, sweet, fulfil.
Will, will fulfil the treasure of thy love,
Ay, fill it full with wills, and my will one.
In things of great receipt with ease we prove
Among a number one is reckoned none.
Then in the number let me pass untold,
Though in thy store’s account I one must be;
For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold
That nothing me a something sweet to thee.
Make but my name thy love, and love that still,
And then thou lov’st me for my name is Will.
Click on the post below to hear Sonnet 136 read by my colleague, Dr Nick Walton.
You might like to visit a similar Shakespeare for Advent project led by students at the University of Tubingen by clicking here.