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Shakespeare Sundays with Chop Bard, is a practical, and enthusiastic exploration of William Shakespeare’s work. Each episode will take on a single subject taken from his words, lines, poetry, themes, or resources, in order to better understand them, and find out what use can be made of them.

Shakespeare Sundays with Chop Bard Ehren Ziegler: Actor, Artist, Shakespeare enthusiast

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Shakespeare Sundays with Chop Bard, is a practical, and enthusiastic exploration of William Shakespeare’s work. Each episode will take on a single subject taken from his words, lines, poetry, themes, or resources, in order to better understand them, and find out what use can be made of them.

    Sonnets 154

    Sonnets 154

    The little Love-god, lying once asleep,
    Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
    Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to keep
    Came tripping by, but in her maiden hand
    The fairest votary took up that fire,
    Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd,
    And so the general of hot desire
    Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd.
    This brand she quenched in a cool well by,
    Which from Love's fire took heat perpetual,
    Growing a bath and healthful remedy
    For men diseas'd, but I, my mistress' thrall,
        Came there for cure, and this by that I prove:
        Love's fire heats water, water cools not love.

    • 16 min
    Sonnet 153

    Sonnet 153

    Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep;
    A maid of Dian's this advantage found,
    And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
    In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;
    Which borrow'd from this holy fire of Love
    A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
    And grew a seething bath, which yet men prove
    Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.
    But at my mistress' eye Love's brand new fired,
    The boy for trial needs would touch my breast;
    I sick withal the help of bath desired,
    And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest;
        But found no cure: the bath for my help lies
        Where Cupid got new fire—my mistress' eyes.

    • 15 min
    Sonnet 152

    Sonnet 152

    In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn,
    But thou art twice forsworn, to me love swearing;
    In act thy bed-vow broke, and new faith torn
    In vowing new hate after new love bearing.
    But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee,
    When I break twenty? I am perjur'd most,
    For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee,
    And all my honest faith in thee is lost;
    For I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness,
    Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy,
    And to enlighten thee gave eyes to blindness,
    Or made them swear against the thing they see;
        For I have sworn thee fair: more perjur'd eye,
        To swear against the truth so foul a lie!

    • 13 min
    Sonnet 151

    Sonnet 151

    Love is too young to know what conscience is,
    Yet who knows not conscience is born of love?
    Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss,
    Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove:
    For thou betraying me, I do betray
    My nobler part to my gross body's treason;
    My soul doth tell my body that he may
    Triumph in love; flesh stays no farther reason,
    But rising at thy name doth point out thee
    As his triumphant prize. Proud of this pride,
    He is contented thy poor drudge to be,
    To stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side.
        No want of conscience hold it that I call
        Her "love" for whose dear love I rise and fall.

    • 15 min
    Sonnet 150

    Sonnet 150

    O, from what pow'r hast thou this pow'rful might
    With insufficiency my heart to sway,
    To make me give the lie to my true sight,
    And swear that brightness doth not grace the day?
    Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill,
    That in the very refuse of thy deeds
    There is such strength and warrantise of skill
    That in my mind thy worst all best exceeds?
    Who taught thee how to make me love thee more,
    The more I hear and see just cause of hate?
    O, though I love what others do abhor,
    With others thou shouldst not abhor my state.
        If thy unworthiness rais'd love in me,
        More worthy I to be belov'd of thee.

    • 11 min
    Sonnet 149

    Sonnet 149

    Canst thou, O cruel, say I love thee not,
    When I against myself with thee partake?
    Do I not think on thee when I forgot
    Am of myself, all tyrant for thy sake?
    Who hateth thee that I do call my friend?
    On whom frown'st thou that I do fawn upon?
    Nay, if thou low'r'st on me, do I not spend
    Revenge upon myself with present moan?
    What merit do I in myself respect,
    That is so proud thy service to despise,
    When all my best doth worship thy defect,
    Commanded by the motion of thine eyes?
        But, love, hate on, for now I know thy mind:
        Those that can see thou lov'st, and I am blind.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Amliterature ,

It’s a 15 minute classroom that will make you smarter

Fifteen to 20 minutes in length you get a weekly “lecture” of a single Shakespeare sonnet. It’s best to listen to them in order as many times one sonnet builds onto the next one. Clearly described and concisely argued each episode is great!!

SparksSadieLaserbeam ,

A helpful delight!

I’ve been working my way through the Complete Works of William Shakespeare in a year with a group on Facebook. And I’ve been doing OK with keeping up on the reading schedule but I fell off entirely when it came time to the sonnets.
Enter the Shakespeare Sundays podcast! Listening to the initial reading, the complete breakdown and analysis, the context with the other sonnets and the reading with all that interpretation applied has made the sonnets come alive in unexpected ways. Ehren is delightful to listen to while I cross stitch or take a walk. Thank you for the incredible work!

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