- 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: 132
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 131. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 23, 2014, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 131." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. April 23, 2014.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 131," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed April 23, 2014,.
Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
For well thou know’st to my dear doting heart
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
Yet in good faith some say that thee behold,
Thy face hath not the power to make love groan;
To say they err, I dare not be so bold,
Although I swear it to my self alone.
And to be sure that is not false I swear,
A thousand groans but thinking on thy face,
One on another’s neck do witness bear
Thy black is fairest in my judgment’s place.
In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds, And thence this slander as I think proceeds.