Treasure Island

William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?


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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Son Li (6/6/2013 5:58:00 PM)

    One of my fav. sonnet of times.
    so sweet and language flows perfectly fine. (Report) Reply

  • Samantha Burnsed (11/19/2008 9:24:00 PM)

    ah i absolutely love shakespeare. specialy this sonnet and when juliet talks about romeo and he only being her enemy by name and for them to forget their names and be together. (Report) Reply

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