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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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 dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimmed.
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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