Sonnet #12 by William Shakespeare

 

Sonnet #12 by William Shakespeare

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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
And sable curls   all   silvered o’er with white;

When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard;

Then of thy beauty do I question make
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;

And nothing ’gainst Time’s scythe can make defense
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

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