William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 59: If There Be Nothing New, But That Which Is - Poem by William Shakespeare

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If there be nothing new, but that which is
Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,
Which, labouring for invention bear amis
The second burthen of a former child!
O, that record could with a backward look,
Even of five hundred courses of the sun,
Show me your image in some antique book,
Since mind at first in character was done.
That I might see what the old world could say
To this composèd wonder of your frame;
Whether we are mended, or whe'er better they,
Or whether revolution be the same.
O, sure I am the wits of former days
To subjects worse have given admiring praise.


Comments about Sonnet 59: If There Be Nothing New, But That Which Is by William Shakespeare

  • Egal Bohen (3/1/2008 7:00:00 PM)


    It is noted in the drift of time
    (Five hundred courses of the sun)
    That they are shamed to leave their name
    They who voted this just 'one'
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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