poet William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Sonnet Xv: When I Consider Everything That Grows

When I consider everything that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and check'd even by the selfsame sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
And all in war with Time for love of you,
As he takes from you, I engraft you new.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 3:28:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out 

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  • Egal BohenEgal Bohen (11/28/2007 5:23:00 PM)

    Who ere the creature was who voted this great masterpiece, just 1
    This miracle, this moving testament of man. his war with time
    By doing so declared themself in fact so dumb
    Amazed I am to see they found the sense to vote at all
    Let alone the intellect to work out how t'was done

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