William Shakespeare Poems

  • 351.  
    Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
    Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste; These vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
  • 352.  
    Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
    Now is the time that face should form another; Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
  • 353.  
    When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
    And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field, Thy youth's proud livery so gazed on now,
  • 354.  
    Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
    Men were deceivers ever; One foot in sea, and one on shore,
  • 355.  
    Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
    The dear respose for limbs with travel tirèd; But then begins a journey in my head
  • 356.  
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  • 357.  
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  • 358.  
    story from a sistering vale,
    My spirits to attend this double voice accorded, And down I laid to list the sad-tuned tale;
  • 359.  
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  • 360.  
    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,
  • 361.  
    If thou survive my well-contented day,
    When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
  • 362.  
    Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
    So far from variation or quick change? Why with the time do I not glance aside
  • 363.  
    That you were once unkind befriends me now,
    And for that sorrow which I then did feel Needs must I under my transgression bow,
  • 364.  
    Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
    [ ] these rebel powers that thee array; Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,
  • 365.  
    Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not,
    When I against myself with thee partake? Do I not think on thee, when I forgot
  • 366.  
    Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
    Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force, Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
  • 367.  
    O never say that I was false of heart,
    Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify:As easy might I from myself depart
  • 368.  
    My glass shall not persuade me I am old
    So long as youth and thou are of one date;But when in thee Time's furrows I behold,
  • 369.  
    Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
    Of the wide world dreaming on things to come,Can yet the lease of my true love control,
  • 370.  
    Crabbed Age and Youth
    Cannot live together:Youth is full of pleasance,
  • 371.  
    Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
    Full character'd with lasting memory, Which shall above that idle rank remain
  • 372.  
    When I do count the clock that tells the time,
    And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;When I behold the violet past prime,
  • 373.  
    If thou survive my well-contented day
    When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
  • 374.  
    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,
  • 375.  
    Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind;
    And that which governs me to go about Doth part his function and is partly blind,
  • 376.  
    Full many a glorious morning have I seen
    Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye, Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
  • 377.  
    cold fear thrills through my veins
    That almost freezes up the heat of life:I'll call them back again to comfort me;--
  • 378.  
    Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
    That thou consumest thyself in single life? Ah! if thou issueless shalt hap to die.
  • 379.  
    Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
    Of my dull bearer, when from thee I speed:From where thou art, why should I haste me thence?
  • 380.  
    The other two, slight air and purging fire,
    Are both with thee, wherever I abide;The first my thought, the other my desire,
  • 381.  
    Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep:
    A maid of Dian's this advantage found, And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
  • 382.  
    My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,
    While comments of your praise, richly compiled, Reserve their character with golden quill
  • 383.  
    When thou shalt be disposed to set me light,
    And place my merit in the eye of scorn, Upon thy side against myself I'll fight,
  • 384.  
    Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
    The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,Will play the tyrants to the very same
  • 385.  
    Against my love shall be as I am now
    With Time's injurious hand crushed and o'erworn,When hours have drained his blood and filled his brow
  • 386.  
    O, never say that I was false of heart,
    Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify. As easy might I from myself depart
  • 387.  
    From you have I been absent in the spring,
    When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
  • 388.  
    O, lest the world should task you to recite
    What merit lived in me that you should loveAfter my death, dear love, forget me quite;
  • 389.  
    Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
    To speak of that which gives thee all thy might? Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
  • 390.  
    So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
    Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure, The which he will not every hour survey,
  • 391.  
    O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide,
    The guilty goddess of my harmful deeds,That did not better for my life provide
  • 392.  
    As a decrepit father takes delight
    To see his active child do deeds of youth,So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite,
  • 393.  
    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,
  • 394.  
    From fairest creatures we desire increase,
    That thereby beauty's rose might never die, But as the riper should by time decease,
  • 395.  
    Full many a glorious morning have I seen
    Flatter the mountaintops with sovereign eye,Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
  • 396.  
    No more be grieved at that which thou hast done:
    Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud; Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
  • 397.  
    Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
    Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme; But you shall shine more bright in these contents
  • 398.  
    O, how I faint when I of you do write,
    Knowing a better spirit doth use your name, And in the praise thereof spends all his might,
  • 399.  
    The forward violet thus did I chide:
    "Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells,If not from my love's breath? The purple pride
  • 400.  
    How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st,
    Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway'st
Total 667 poems written by William Shakespeare

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