Sonnet XIII – Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer’s Day?

Shakespeare Sonnet XVIII | thereadingmother.netTis the season – weddings abound! The two wonderful college students who rent a room from us are both marrying their respective sweethearts this summer, and several other invitations grace our refrigerator. So, it only seems right to feature Shakespeare’s love sonnets over the next few weeks. Enjoy!

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 grow’st;
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

~ William Shakespeare

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