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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
110. Thirtieth Sonnet
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
WHEN to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste;
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,        5
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long-since cancell’d woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish’d sight.
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er        10
The sad account of fore-bemoanèd moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before:
  But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
  All losses are restored, and sorrows end.
 

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