Weekly Interlinear Poem




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Robert Jackson

This is the poem for the week of November 10.
A new interlinear poem is available each Monday.


Some glory in their birth

- William Shakespeare


Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
new-fangled ill=of the latest fashion but badly made
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse,
horse=horses
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure
humor=character trait
adjunct=corresponding
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest,
it=humour
But these particulars are not my measure;
my measure=my measure of happiness
All these I better in one general best.
better=surpass
one general best=one general best thing
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be,
And, having thee, of all men's pride I boast,
all men's pride=what all men would be proud of (if only they had it)
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away and me most wretched make.




Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse,
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest,
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be,
And, having thee, of all men's pride I boast,
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away and me most wretched make.