- Year Published: 1609
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Shakespeare, W. The sonnets. In R. G. White (Ed.), The complete works of William Shakespeare. New York: Sully and Kleinteich.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
- Word Count: 116
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 117. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved March 12, 2014, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 117." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. March 12, 2014.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 117," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed March 12, 2014,.
Accuse me thus, that I have scanted all,
Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
Forgot upon your dearest love to call,
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day,
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
And given to time your own dear-purchased right,
That I have hoisted sail to all the winds
Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
Book both my wilfulness and errors down,
And on just proof surmise, accumulate,
Bring me within the level of your frown,
But shoot not at me in your wakened hate:
Since my appeal says I did strive to prove
The constancy and virtue of your love.