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SONNET XX. wherefore do not you a mightier way A Woman's face, with Nature's own hand painted," Be war upon this bloody tyran, Time ?. Hast thou, the master-mistress of my passion; fortify yourself in your decay
A woman's gentle heart, but not acquainted th means more blessed than my barren rhyme? With shifting change, as is false women's fashion;
stand you on the top of happy hours; An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling, many maiden gardens yet unset,
-Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth; ith virtuous wish would bear you living flowers, A man in hue, all hues in his controlling, [eth. och liker than your painted counterfeit: Which steals men's eyes, and women's souls amazsbould the lines of life that life repair,
And for a woman wert thou first created ; thich this, Time's pencil, or my popil pen, Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, ether in ioward worth, nor outward fair, And by addition me of thee defeated, an make you live yourself in eyes of men. By adding one thing to my parpose nothing. 6 give away yourself, keeps yourself still; But since she prick'd thee out for women's pleasure, Ind you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill. Mine be thy love, and thy love's use their treasure.
So is it not with me as with that Muse,
Making a couplement of proud compare,
With Sun and Moon, with earth and sea's rich gems, The age to come would say, “ this poet lies, With April's first-born flowers, and all things rare Sach beavenly touches ne'er touch'd earthly faces.” That Heaven's air in this hage rondare hems. So should my papers, yellow'd with their age, O let me, true in love, but truly write, Be scorn'd, like old men of less truth than tongue; And then believe me, my love is as fair And your true rights be term'd a poet's rage, As any mother's child, though not so bright And stretched metre of an antique song:
As those gold candles fix'd in Heaven's air: But were some child of yours alive that time, Let them say more that like of hearsay well; You should live twice;-in it, and in my rhyme. I will not praise, that purpose not to sell.
SONNET XXII. Saall I compare thee to a summer's day? My glass shall not persuade me I am old, Thou art more lovely and more temperate: So long as youth and thou are of one date; Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, But when in thee time's furrows I behold, And summer's lease hath all too short a date : Then look I death my days should expiate. Sometime too hot the eye of Heaven shines, For all that beauty that doth cover thee, And often is his gold complexion dimm'd; Is but the seemly raiment of my heart, And every fair from fair sonetime declines, Which in thy breast doth live, as thine in me; By chance, or nature's changing course, intrimm'd; How can I then be elder than thou art? But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Otherefore, love, be of thyself so wary, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest ; As I not for myself, but for thee will; Nor shall Death brag thon wanderst in his shade, Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary When in eternal lines to time thou growest: As tender nurse her babe from faring ill. So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, Presume not on thy heart when mine is slain ; So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. Thou gav'st me thine, not to give back again.
SONNET XXIII. DEVOURING Time, blunt thou the lion's paws, As an imperfect actor on the stage, And made the Earth devour her own sweet brood; Who with his fear is put beside his part, Plack the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws, Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage, And burn the long-liv'd phenix in her blood; Whose strength's abundance weakens hisown heart; Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet'st, So I, for fear of trust, forget to say And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time, The perfect ceremony of love's rite, To the wide world, and all her fading sweets ; And in mine own love's strength seem to decay, But I forbid thee one most heinous crime: O'ercharg‘d with burthen of mine own love's might. O carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow, O let my books be then the eloquence Nor draw po lines there with thine antique pen; And dumb presagers of my speaking breast; Him in thy course untainted do allow,
Who plead for love, and look for recompense, For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
More than that tongue that more hath more exo Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong, Olearn to read what silent love hath writ: [press'd. My love shall in my verse ever live young. To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.
SONNET XXVIII. MINE eye hath play'd the painter, and bath steel'd How can I then return in happy plight, Thy beauty's form in table of my heart;
That am debarr'd the benefit of rest? My body is the frame wbercin 't is held,
When day's oppression is not eas'd by night, And perspective it is best painter's art.
But day by night and night by day oppress'd? For through the painter must you see his
skill, And each, though enemies to either's reigo, To find' where your true image pictur'd lies, Do in consent shake hands to torture me, Which in my bosom's shop is hanging still, The one by toil, the other to complain That hath his windows glazed with thine eyes. How far I toil, still further off from thee. Now see what good turns eyes for eyes have done; I tell the day, to please him, thou art bright, Mine eyes have drawn thy shape, and thine for me And dost bim grace when clouds do blot the HeaAre windows to niy breast, where-through the Sun So flatter I the swart-complexion'd night; (ven: Delights to peep, to gaze therein on thee; When sparkling stars twire not, thou gild'st the even. Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art, But day doth daily draw my sorrows longer, They draw but what they see, know not the heart. And night doth nightly make grief's lengtb seem
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past, To witness duty, not to show my wit.
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, Duty so great, which wit so poor as mine
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste: May make seem bare, in wanting words to show it; Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow, But that I hope some good conceit of thine For precious friends hid in death's dateless night, In thy soul's thought, all naked, will bestow it: And weep afresh love's long-since canceld woe, Till whatsoever star that guides my moving, And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight. Points on me graciously with fair aspect,
Then can I grieve at grievances fore-gone, And puts apparel on my tattered loving,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
All losses are restor'd, and sorrows end.
SONNET XXXVI. If thou survive my well-contented day,
Let me confess that we two must be twain, When that churt Death my bones with dust shall Although our undivided loves are one : And shalt by fortune once more re-surrey (cover, So shall those biots that do with me remain, These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover, Without thy help, by me be borne alone. Compare them with the bettering of the time; In our two loves there is but one respect, And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
Though in our lives a separable spite, Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme, Which tbough it alter not love's sole effect, Exceeded by the height of happier men.
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delighte O then vouchsafe me but this loving thought ! I may not evermore acknowledge thee, Pad my friend's Muse grown with this growing age, Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame; d dearer birth than this his love had brought,
Nor thou with public kindness honour me, To mar h in ranks of better equipage:
Unless thou take that honour from thy name : But since he died, and poets better prove,
But do not so; I love thee in such sort, Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love. As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
SONNET XXXVII. Full many a glorions morning have I seen As a decrepit father takes delight Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye, To see his active child do deeds of youth, Kissing with golden face the meadows green, So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite, Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchymy; Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth; Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit, With ugly rack on his celestial face,
Or any of these all, or all, or more, And from the forlorn world his visage hide, Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit, Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace: I make my love engrafted to this store: Even so my Sun one early morn did shine, So then I am not lame, poor, nor despis'd, With all triumphant splendour on my brow; Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give, But out! alack! he was but one hour mine, That I in thy abundance am suffic'd, The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now. And by a part of all thy glory live. Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth; Look what is best, that best I wish in thee; Suns of the world may stain, when Heaven's Sun This wish I have; then ten times happy me!
How can my Muse want subject to invent,
While thou dost breathe, that pour'st into my verse To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,
Thine own sweet argument, too excellent
For every vulgar paper to rehearse ?
Worthy perusal, stand against thy sight,
For who 's so dumb that cannot write to thee, That heals the wound, and cures not the disgrace: When thou thyself dost give invention light ? Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief;
Be thon the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss :
Than those old nine, which rhymers invocate; The offender's sorrow lends but weak relief
And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth To him that bears the strong offence's cross.
Eternal numbers to out-live long date. Ah! but those tears are pearl which thy love sheds, The paiu be mine, but thine shall be the praise.
If my slight Muse do please these curious days, And they are rich, and ransoin all ill deeds.
SONNET XXXIX. No more be grier'd at that which thou hast done: O how thy worth with manners may I sing, Roses have iborns, and silver fountains mud; When thou art all the better part of me? Clouds and eclipses stain both Moon and Sun, What can mine own praise to mine own self bring? And loathsome caoker lives in sweetest bud. And what is 't but mine own, when I praise thee? All men make faults, and even I in this,
Even for this let us divided live, Authorizing thy trespass with compare,
And our dear love lose name of single one, Myself corrupting, saiving thy amiss,
That by this separation I may give Excusing thy sios inore than thy sins are:
That due to thee, which thou deserv'st alone. For to thy sensual fault I bring in sense,
O absence, what a torment would'st thou prove, (Thy adverse party is thy advocate)
Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave And 'gainst myself a lawful plea commence: To entertain the time with thoughts of love, Soch civil war is in my love and hate,
(Which time and thoughts so sweetly doth deceive) That I an accessary needs must be
And that thou teachest how to make one twain, To that sweet thief, which sourly robs from me. By praising him here, who doth hence remain.
SONNET XLIV. Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all; If the doll substance of my flesh were thought, What hast thou then more than thou hadst before? Injurious distance should not stop my way; No love, my love, that thou may'st true love call; For then, despite of space, I would be brought All mine was thine, before thou hadst this more. From limits far remote, where thou dost stay. Then if for my love thou my love receivest, No matter then, although my foot did stand I cannot blame thee, for my love thou usest; Upon the furthest earth remov'd from thee, But yet be blam'd, if thou thyself deceivest
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land, By wilful taste of what thyself refusest.
As soon as think the place where he would be. I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,
But ah! thought kills me, that I am not thought, Altbough thou steal thee all my poverty ;
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone, And yet love knows, it is a greater grief
But that, so much of earth and water wrought, To bear love's wrong, than hate's known injury. I must attend time's leisure with my moan; Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows, Receiving nought by elements so slow Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes. But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.
For when these quicker elements are gone
Who even but now come back again, assured Where thou art forc'd to break a two-fold truth; Of thy fair health, recounting it to me: Her's, by thy beauty tempting her to thee, This told, I joy; but then no longer glad, Thine, by thy beauty being false to me.
I send them back again, and straight go sad.
SONNET XLVI. That thou hast her, it is not all my grief,
Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war, And yet it may be said I lov'd her dearly ; How to divide the conquest of thy sight; That she hath thee, is of my wailing chief,
Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight would bar, A loss in love that touches me more nearly. My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye:
My heart doth plead, that thou in him dost lie, Thou dost love her, because thou know'st I love her; (A closet never pierc'd with crystal eyes) And for my sake even so doth she abuse me, But the defendant doth that plea deny, Suffering my friend for my sake to approve her. And says iu him thy fair appearance lies. If I lose thee, my loss is my love's gain,
To 'cide this title is impannelled And losing her, my friend hath found that loss ;
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart; Both find each other, and I lose both twain, And by their verdict is determined And both for my sake lay on me this cross : The clear eye's moiety, and the dear heart's part: But here 's the joy ; my friend and I are one ; As thus; mine eye's due is thy outward part, Sweet flattery!-then she loves but me alone.
And my heart's right thy inward love of heart.
SONNET XLVII. When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see, Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took, For all the day they view things unrespected ; And each doth good turns now unto the other: But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee, When that mine eye is famish'd for a look, And darkly bright, are bright in dark directed. Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother, Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright, With my love's picture then my eye doth feast, How would thy shadow's form form happy show And to the painted banquet bids my heart: To the clear day with thy much clearer light, Another time mine eye is my heart's guest, When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so? And in his thoughts of love doth share a part: How would (I say, mine eyes be blessed made So, either by thy picture or my love, By looking on thee in the living day,
Thyself away art present still with me; When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade For thou not further than my thoughts canst move, Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay? And I am still with them, and they with thee; All days are nights to see, till I see thee, (me. Or if they sleep, thy picture in my sight . And nights, bright days, when dreams do show thee | Awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight.
SONNET LII. How careful was I when I took my way,
So am I as the rich, whose blessed key Each trifle under truest bars to thrust,
Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure, That, to my use, it might unused stay
The which he will not every hour survey, From bands of falsehood, in sure wards of trust! For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure. But thou, to whom my jewels trifles are,
Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare, Most worthy comfort, now my greatest grief, Since seldom coining, in the long year set, Thou, best of dearest, and mine only care, Like stones of worth they thinly placed are, Art left the prey of every vulgar thief.
Or captain jewels in the carcanet. 'Thee bave I not lock'd up in any chest,
So is the time that keeps you, as my chest, Save where thou art not, though I feel thou art, Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth bide, Within the gentle closure of my breast,
To make some special instant special-bless'd, From vbence at pleasure thou may'st come and part; By new unfolding his imprison'd pride. And even thence thou wilt be stolen I fear, Blessed are you, whose worthiness gives scope, For truth proves thievish for a prize so dear. Being had, to triumph, being lack'd, to hope.
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
And you in Grecian tires are painted new :
Speak of the spring, and foizon of the year ; Within the knowledge of mine own desert, The one doth shadow of your beauty show, And this my hand against myself uprear,
The other as your bounty doth appear, To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
And you in every blessed shape we know. To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws, In all external grace you have some part, Since, why to love, I can allege no cause. But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
SONNET LIV. How beavy do I journey on the way,
O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem, When what I seek,—my weary travel's end, - By that sweet ornament which truth doth give ! Doth teach that ease and tbat repose to say, The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem “ Thus far the miles are measur'd from thy friend !" For that sweet odour which doth in it live. The beast that bears me, tired with my woe, The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me,
As the perfumed tincture of the roses, As if by some instinct the wretch did know
Hang on such thorns, and play as wantonly His rider lov'd not speed, beiug made from thee:
When summer's breath their masked buds discloses: The bloody spur cannot provoke him on
But, for their virtue only is their show, That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide, They live unwoo'd and unrespected fade; Which heavily he answers with a groan,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so; More sharp to me than spurring to his side ;
Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made: For that same groan doth put this in my mind, And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth, My grief lies onward, and my joy behind.
When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.
SONNET LV. Thus can my love excuse the slow offence Nor marble, nor the gilded monuments Of my doll bearer, when from thee I speed; Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; From where thou art why should I haste me thence? But you shall shine more bright in these contents Till I return, of posting is no need.
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time. O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When wasteful war shall statues overturn, When swift extremity can seem but slow.? And broils root out the works of masonry, Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind; Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall bum In winged speed no motion shall I know :
The living record of your memory. Then can no borse with my desire keep pace;
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity Therefore desire, of perfect love being made,
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room, Shall neigh (no dull flesh) in his fi'ry race;
Even in the eyes of all posterity But love, for love, thus shall excuse my jade ; That wear this world out to the ending doom, Since from thee going he went wilful slow, So till the judgment that yourself arise, Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go. You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes,