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Th'Expense Of Spirit In A Waste Of Shame (Sonnet 129)

This song is by Anna Prohaska and appears on the album Take All My Loves - 9 Shakespeare Sonnets (2016) by Rufus Wainwright.

Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust

Enjoyed no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted; and, no sooner had
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad

Mad in pursuit and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream

All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell


Music by:

Rufus Wainwright

Lyrics by:

William Shakespeare


Based on Shakespeare's Sonnet 129 Wikipedia16.

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