Never accuse a poet of being something he isn’t. This seems to be the message for Sonnet 109, written by William Shakespeare.
The poem is part of the Fair Youth sequence. This is a series of 154 poems that are based on the life of an unkown young man. Sonnets 1 to 126 are addressed directly to this gentleman. It is unclear to whom Shakespeare refers to in this sequence.
This poem was first published in 1609.
Sonnet 109 shows that Shakespeare feels the need to express that there should be no assumption to unfaithfullness. It is sencerity that counts and that the reader of this poem should acknowledge.
It is also a promise to a lover. To complete and the difficulties keeping this promise. In the end, it all comes down to accusing the poet of being false of heart. He left us the message that je wasn’t.
O! never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seemed my flame to qualify.
As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul, which in thy breast doth lie:
That is my home of love; if I have ranged,
Like him that travels, I return again,
Just to the time, not with the time exchanged,
So that myself bring water for my stain.
Never believe, though in my nature reigned
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,
That it could so preposterously be stained,
To leave for nothing all thy sum of good;
For nothing this wide universe I call,
Save thou, my rose; in it thou art my all.
— William Shakespeare