William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnets Xiv

Poem by William Shakespeare

MY love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandised whose rich esteeming
The owner's tongue doth publish everywhere.
Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
When I was wont to greet it with my lays;
As Philomel in summer's front doth sing
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days:
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burthens every bough,
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
   Therefore, like her, I sometime hold my tongue,
   Because I would not dull you with my song.


Comments about Sonnets Xiv by William Shakespeare

  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (3/28/2020 2:59:00 PM)

    Shakespeare not pulling any love punches. Wonderfully expressed.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/6/2020 10:50:00 PM)

    Our love was new, and then but in the spring,
    When I was wont to greet it with my lays;
    As Philomel in summer's front doth sing
    And stops her pipe in growth of riper days: great poem. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (4/26/2014 4:14:00 PM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003