The 170 lines of it are full of phrases which might be taken direct from the sonnets.
Before his book appeared in 1890 the sonnets lay in the dim light of guess-work.
The fourth act sets forth the same argument we find in the sonnets.
This proves to me that some of Shakespeare's sonnets were written in 1597.
Again, in the fourth, sixth, and seventh sonnets the same plea is urged.
Now, the first question is: Can we find this "dark lady" of the sonnets in the plays?
Let us first see how far the story told in the sonnets is borne out by the plays.
She was Rosaline, Cressid, Cleopatra, and the "dark lady" of the sonnets.
The little collection of sonnets have some charming poetry in them.
In the Selection of Sonnets, 1796, this note was reduced to one sentence.