Weekly Interlinear Poem







This is the poem
for the week of July 13.
A new interlinear poem
is available each Monday.

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Robert Jackson

They that have power to hurt
Sonnet No. 94

-William Shakespeare


They that have power to hurt and will do none,
will do none=do not hurt
That do not do the thing they most do show,
(that refrain from exerting power, even though they have the trappings for it)
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
(they are totally self possessed)
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces
And husband nature's riches from expense.
husband=protect
expense=waste

They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
stewards=household managers
(other people serve those who are self possessed)

The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
summer's flower=a self-possessed person
to the summer=to others

Though to itself it only live and die,
But, if that flower with base infection meet,
if . . .=if the self-possessed person loses his self possession
The basest weed outbraves his dignity,
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds.
sweetest things=most admirable persons
deeds=bad deeds

Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

They that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces
And husband nature's riches from expense.
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die,
But, if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity,
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds.
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.