William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnets Xi - Poem by William Shakespeare

THEY that have power to hurt and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow--
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the Lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die;
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
   For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
   Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/30/2016 4:28:00 PM)

    This takes up the same argument as sonnet I, and indeed it is a sonnet that can hardly stand on its own because 'if all were minded so' implies that we know already how the youth is minded to behave, information which we only derive from what has gone before.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/30/2016 4:28:00 PM)

    'Youth rapidly wanes, but this decrease may be made up by the children that a young man may beget. Otherwise all are doomed to age and decay. Since you are manifestly so beautiful, let the fate of dying out be left to barren, harsh and sullen souls. You are so well endowed by nature, that it is clear she intended you to be a seal, from the impress of which many copies should be made'.
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  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 4:12:00 PM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003

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