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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
113. Thirty-third Sonnet
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
FULL many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride        5
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all-triumphant splendour on my brow;        10
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region-cloud hath mask’d him from me now.
  Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
  Suns of the world may stain when heaven’s sun staineth.
 

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