Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? (Sonnet 18)

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 dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest 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.

by William Shakespeare

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So much he left unsaid to die a young man's death, As life went on. And life went on, reputation tarnished but intact.
My fav poem by Shakespeare. The writing style of this sonnet captivated me the 1st time I read it.
One of the Bard's immortal sonnets. of which of course there are many.
Very talented man.....thou his present shall present his words
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