Sonnet LXIV / William Shakespeare



When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced

The rich proud cost of out-worn buried age; 

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When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed,

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And brass eternal slave to mortal rage; 

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When I have seen the hungry ocean gain

Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,


And the firm soil win of the watery main,


 Increasing store with loss, and loss with store; 

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When I have seen such interchange of state,


Or state itself confounded to decay,


Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate

That Time will come and take my Love away.

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 This thought is as a death, which cannot choose

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But weep to have that which it fears to lose.