William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 71: No Longer Mourn For Me When I Am Dead - Poem by William Shakespeare

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell.
Nay if you read this line, remember not
The hand that writ it, for I love you so
That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot
If thinking on me then should make you woe.
O, if, I say, you look upon this verse,
When I perhaps compounded am with clay,
Do not so much as my poor name rehearse,
But let your love even with my life decay,
Lest the wise world should look into your moan
And mock you with me after I am gone.


Comments about Sonnet 71: No Longer Mourn For Me When I Am Dead by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (4/2/2016 10:16:00 AM)

    in ITALIAN:

    quando sarò morto, piangetemi soltanto per tutto il tempo in cui udrete lugubri, solenni rintocchi annunziare alle genti che io son fuggito da questo mondo vile per eleggere dimora insieme con i vermi più vili; anzi, se leggerete questi versi non ricordate la mano che li scrisse; poiché io vi amo tanto che vorrei non esser ricordato nei vostri dolci pensieri, se il pensare a me dovesse allora rendervi triste. Oh, se, ripeto, scorrerete con l'occhio questi versi quando io sarò forse commisto alla creta, non vogliate neppure pronunziare il mio povero nome, ma lasciate che l'amor vostro si spenga insieme con la mia vita. Per timore che la gente saggia non debba analizzare i vostri lamenti e beffarsi insieme di noi e di me quando io non sarò più.

    (translation by L. Darchini) (Report) Reply

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  • Brian Jani Brian Jani (4/26/2014 8:20:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

  • Karla Ferrel (1/18/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    If you read this poem backwards the flow is better. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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