1 As a decrepit father takes delight
2 To see his active child do deeds of youth,
3 So I, made lame by fortune's dearest spite,
4 Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth.
5 For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
6 Or any of these all, or all, or more,
7 Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit,
8 I make my love engrafted to this store:
9 So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised,
10 Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give
11 That I in thy abundance am sufficed
12 And by a part of all thy glory live.
13 Look what is best, that best I wish in thee:
14 This wish I have; then ten times happy me!