William Shakespeare – Sonnet XVIII

23 May

1880s The Long Walk At Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire - Marie Spartali Stillman, Watercolour1880s The Long Walk At Kelmscott Manor, Oxfordshire – Marie Spartali Stillman, Watercolour

Shall 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,
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 owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

1870s The Sensitive Plant, study, Sir Frank Dicksee. English Pre-Raphaelite PainterThe Sensitive Plant, study, Sir Frank Dicksee, English Pre-Raphaelite Painter

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2 Responses to “William Shakespeare – Sonnet XVIII”

  1. Claudia Suzan Carley 23rd May 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I visited Kelmscott recently. Lovely post about a lovely place. It was a country retreat, but the people who lived there had tangled love lives so it was not always peaceful. Gardens look much the same as in the painting.

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    • Byron's Muse 23rd May 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      It’s nice of you to comment, perhaps you could write a post about your visit to Kelmscott, I’d be delighted to read it!

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