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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
XVIII. To His Love
 
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SHALL I compare thee to a summer's day?
 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate: 
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, 
And summer's lease hath all too short a date; 
  
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,         5
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines, 
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd. 
  
But thy eternal summer shall not fade, 
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;  10
Nor shall Death brag thou wanderest in his shade, 
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:— 
  
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, 
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. 
 
 
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