William Shakespeare's Musical Sonnet 128

No. 128 of the Dark Lady Sonnets
William Shakespeare

How oft when thou, my music, music play'st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway'st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap,
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips which should that harvest reap,
At the wood's boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
And situation with those dancing chips,
O'er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more bless'd than living lips.
   
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
   
Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.

 

The 1609 Quarto Version
How oft when thou my muſike muſike playſt, 

Vpon that bleſſed wood whoſe motion ſounds 

With thy ſweet fingers when thou gently ſwayſt, 

The wiry concord that mine eare confounds, 

Do I enuie thoſe Iackes that nimble leape, 

To kiſſe the tender inward of thy hand, 

Whilſt my poore lips which ſhould that harueſt reape, 

At the woods bouldnes by thee bluſhing ftand. 


To be ſo tikled they would change their ſtate, 

And ſituation with thoſe dancing chips, 

Ore whome their fingers walke with gentle gate, 

Making dead wood more bleſt then liuing lips, 
   
Since ſauſie Iackes ſo happy are in this, 
   
Giue them their fingers,me thy lips to kiſſe.