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

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
NOT 1 marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rime;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,        5
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth: your praise shall still find room        10
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
  So, till the judgement that yourself arise,
  You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.
 
Note 1. Shakespeare. Sonnet LV. Line 13. That = when. (Beeching.) [back]
 
 
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