- 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: 128
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 96. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 28, 2023, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 96." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. January 28, 2023.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 96," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed January 28, 2023,.
Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness,
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport,
Both grace and faults are loved of more and less:
Thou mak’st faults graces, that to thee resort:
As on the finger of a throned queen,
The basest jewel will be well esteemed:
So are those errors that in thee are seen,
To truths translated, and for true things deemed.
How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
if thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so, I love thee in such sort,
As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.