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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XXX.

“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”


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 times’ waste: 
Then can I drown an eye, unus’d 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-bemoaned moan, 
Which I new pay as if not paid before. 
  But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, 
  All losses are restor’d and sorrows end. 


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