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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
“Shall I compare thee?”
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
Sonnet XVIII.

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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