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Love's Labour's Lost
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  • I forswore not thee:
  • If I break faith, this word shall speak for me: I am forsworn ’on mere necessity.’
  • I shall be forsworn,—which is a great argument of falsehood,—if I love.
  • Necessity will make us all forsworn Three thousand times within this three years’ space; For every man with his affects is born, Not by might master’d, but by special grace.
  • Our Lady help my lord! he’ll be forsworn.
  • Then fools you were these women to forswear, Or, keeping what is sworn, you will prove fools.
  • A woman I forswore; but I will prove, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee: My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love; Thy grace being gain’d, cures all disgrace in me.
  • If love make me forsworn, how shall I swear to love?
  • Nothing so sure; and thereby all forsworn.
  • And where that you you have vow’d to study, lords, In that each of you have forsworn his book, Can you still dream, and pore, and thereon look?
  • It is religion to be thus forsworn; For charity itself fulfils the law; And who can sever love from charity?
  • Sow’d cockle reap’d no corn; And justice always whirls in equal measure: Light wenches may prove plagues to men forsworn; If so, our copper buys no better treasure.
  • Ah! never faith could hold, if not to beauty vow’d; Though to myself forsworn, to thee I’ll faithful prove; Those thoughts to me were oaks, to thee like osiers bowed.
  • Do not call it sin in me, That I am forsworn for thee; Thou for whom e’en Jove would swear Juno but an Ethiope were; And deny himself for Jove, Turning mortal for thy love.
  • I am forsworn.
  • Now, for not looking on a woman’s face, You have in that forsworn the use of eyes, And study too, the causer of your vow; For where is author in the world Teaches such beauty as a woman’s eye?
  • As true we are as flesh and blood can be: The sea will ebb and flow, heaven show his face; Young blood doth not obey an old decree: We cannot cross the cause why we were born, Therefore of all hands must we be forsworn.
  • Peace! peace! forbear; Your oath once broke, you force not to forswear.
  • Now, to our perjury to add more terror, We are again forsworn, in will and error.
  • Yet swear not, lest ye be forsworn again.
  • O! we have made a vow to study, lords, And in that vow we have forsworn our books: For when would you, my liege, or you, or you, In leaden contemplation have found out Such fiery numbers as the prompting eyes Of beauty’s tutors have enrich’d you with?
  • Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise, Three-pil’d hyperboles, spruce affectation, Figures pedantical; these summer-flies Have blown me full of maggot ostentation: I do forswear them; and I here protest, By this white glove,—how white the hand, God knows!

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  • asked the Palestinians to forswear terrorism
  • Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight, For I never saw true beauty till this night.
    Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet

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