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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Sonnet XVIII

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
SHALL 1 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 dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;        10
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
  So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
  So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
 
Note 1. Shakespeare. Sonnet XVIII. [back]
 
 
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