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Shakespeare, William    Poet's Biography
197 poems available by this author


A DAGGER OF THE MIND [OR, THE VISIONARY DAGGER], FR. MACBETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Is this a dagger which I see before me
Last Line: That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
Variant Title(s): The Dagger Scene;macbeth Before The Murder Of Duncan;soliloquy;the Murder;night


A LOVER'S COMPLAINT    Poem Text    
First Line: From off a hill whose concave womb reworded
Last Line: "and new pervert a reconciled maid!"


AIRY NOTHINGS. FR. THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Our revels are now ended. These our actors
Last Line: Is rounded with sleep.
Variant Title(s): Such Stuff As Dreams;the Pageant;finale;human Life;end Of All Earthly Glory;life's Pageant;after Seeing A Masque [the Grand Style];prospero's Farewell To His Magic
Subject(s): Fairies; Life Change Events; Time; Elves


ALAS! POOR YORICK. I KNEW HIM HORATIO       


APRIL, FR. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: When [or, now] daisies pied and violets blue
Last Line: Unpleasing to a married ear!
Variant Title(s): Spring;ver And Hiems;april
Subject(s): Cuckolds; Spring; Unfaithfulness; Infidelity; Adultery; Inconstancy


ARIEL'S SONG (1) [OR, DIRGE] [OR, A SEA DIRGE]. FR. THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Full fathom five thy father lies
Last Line: Hark! Now I hear them - ding, dong, bell!
Subject(s): Disasters; Drowning; Fairies; Mourning; Shipwrecks; Elves; Bereavement


ARIEL'S SONG (2), FR. THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the bee sucks, there suck I
Last Line: Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
Subject(s): Bees; Fairies; Insects; Love; Beekeeping; Elves; Bugs


AS YOU LIKE IT: A WEDLOCK HYMN    Poem Text    
First Line: Wedding is great juno's crown
Last Line: To hymen, god of every town!
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


AUBADE [OR, A MORNING SONG FOR IMOGEN], FR. CYMBELINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Hark! Hark! The lark at heaven's gate sings
Last Line: Arise, arise!
Variant Title(s): Song At Sunrise;song To Imogen
Subject(s): Birds; Dawn; Larks; Morning; Spring; Sunrise; Skylarks


CALIBAN [ON THE ISLAND], FR. THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Be not afeard: the isle is full of noise
Last Line: I cried to dream again.
Subject(s): Dreams; Sound; Nightmares


COMPLIMENT TO QUEEN ELIZABETH, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: My gentle puck, come hither
Last Line: Fetch me that flower.
Variant Title(s): Maiden Meditation
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603; Fairies; Elves


FANCY, FR. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE    Poem Text    
First Line: Tell me where is fancy bred
Last Line: Ding, dong, bell.
Subject(s): Imagination; Fancy


FESTE'S SONG (1), FR. TWELFTH NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
Last Line: Youth's stuff will not endure.
Subject(s): Carpe Diem; Holidays; Love; Valentine's Day; Youth


FESTE'S SONG (2), FR. TWELFTH NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: When that I was and a little tiny boy
Last Line: And wee'l strive to please you every day.
Variant Title(s): Clown Sings
Subject(s): Rain


FRIENDSHIP [OR, THE TRUE FRIEND]    Poem Text    
First Line: O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven
Last Line: Words without thought never to heaven go.
Subject(s): Prayer


FROM THE FAIR LAVINIAN SHORE    Poem Text    
Last Line: Though you are threescore years old.
Subject(s): Gold; Markets; Retail Trade; Salespersons; Supermarkets; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers; Selling


HAMLET    Poem Text    
First Line: Who's there?
Last Line: Of ordnance is shot off.
Subject(s): Insanity; Love; Revenge; Supernatural; Tragedy; Madness; Mental Illness


HEALTHFUL OLD AGE, FR. AS YOU LIKE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Let me be your servant
Last Line: In all your business and necessities.
Variant Title(s): Old Age Of Temperance
Subject(s): Aging


IMAGINATION, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
Last Line: A local habitation and a name.
Subject(s): Imagination; Poetry & Poets; Fancy


KIND FORTUNE    Poem Text    
First Line: Kind fortune smiles, and she
Last Line: Follow me, and you shall see.
Subject(s): Happiness; Smiles; Joy; Delight


LET ME LIVE, FR. MEASURE FOR MEASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: What saies my brother?
Last Line: To what we feare of death.
Variant Title(s): Life And Death
Subject(s): Life


LOVE AND WOMAN, FR. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: But what of this? Are we not all in love?
Last Line: And who can sever love from charity?
Subject(s): Love


LOVE DISSEMBLED, FR. AS YOU LIKE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: Think not I love him, though I ask for him
Last Line: But that's all one; omittance is no quittance.
Subject(s): Admiration


LOVE, FR. THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA    Poem Text    
First Line: To be in love, where scorn is bought with groans
Last Line: Or else a wit by folly vanquished.


LULLABY FOR TITANIA, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: You spotted snakes with double tongue
Last Line: So, good-night, with lullaby.
Variant Title(s): Fairy Lullaby;fairies' Song;the Fairies Sing Titania To Sleep;an Outcry Upon Opportunity


MUSIC, FR. TWELFTH NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: If music be the food of love, play on
Last Line: That it alone, is high fantastical.
Subject(s): Love - Nature Of; Music & Musicians


OLIVIA, FR. TWELFTH NIGHT    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis beauty truly blent, whose red and white
Last Line: And leave the world no copy.
Subject(s): Admiration


PUCK AND THE FAIRY, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Over hill, over dale
Last Line: And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear.
Variant Title(s): Fairy's Wander-song;fairyland
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


SEVEN AGES OF MAN, FR. AS YOU LIKE IT    Poem Text    
First Line: All the world's a stage
Last Line: Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
Variant Title(s): Life's Theatre
Subject(s): Mankind; Nature; Human Race


SONG, FR. MEASURE FOR MEASURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Take, o, take those lips away
Last Line: Bound in those icy chains by thee.
Subject(s): Disappointment; Grief; Love; Sorrow; Sadness


SONG, FR. THE TWO GENTELEM OF VERONA    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is silvia [or, sylvia]? What is she
Last Line: To her let us garlands bring.
Subject(s): Love


SONNET: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: From fairest creatures we desire increase
Last Line: To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.
Variant Title(s): "from Fairest Creatures We Desire Increase"";


SONNET: 10    Poem Text    
First Line: For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any
Last Line: That beauty still may live in thine or thee.


SONNET: 100    Poem Text    
First Line: Where art thou, muse, that thou forget'st so long
Last Line: So thou prevent'st his scythe and crooked knife.
Variant Title(s): The Spoils Of Time


SONNET: 101    Poem Text    
First Line: O truant muse, what shall be thy amends
Last Line: To make him seem long hence as he shows now.


SONNET: 102    Poem Text    
First Line: My love is strengthened, though more weak in seeming
Last Line: Because I would not dull you with my song.
Subject(s): Love; Love - Loss Of


SONNET: 103    Poem Text    
First Line: Alack, what poverty my muse brings forth
Last Line: Your own glass shows you when you look in it.


SONNET: 104    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
Last Line: Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 105    Poem Text    
First Line: Let not my love be called idolatry
Last Line: Which three till now never kept seat in one.
Variant Title(s): "let Not My Love Be Called Idolatry"";


SONNET: 106    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When in the chronicle of wasted time
Last Line: Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.
Variant Title(s): "beauty Beyond Praise;to His Love;""when In The Chronicle Of Wasted Time"";
Subject(s): Admiration; Beauty; Love


SONNET: 107    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Not [or nor] mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Last Line: When tyrants' crests and tombs of brass are spent.
Variant Title(s): I'll Live In This Poor Rime
Subject(s): Freedom; Poetry & Poets; Liberty


SONNET: 108    Poem Text    
First Line: What's in the brain, that ink may character
Last Line: Where time and outward form would show it dead.


SONNET: 109    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O, never say that I was false of heart
Last Line: Save thou, my rose; in it thou art my all.
Variant Title(s): The Unchangeable
Subject(s): Love


SONNET: 11    Poem Text    
First Line: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st
Last Line: Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.


SONNET: 110    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Alas! 'tis true I have gone here and there
Last Line: Even to thy pure and most most loving breast.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 111    Poem Text    
First Line: O for my sake do you with fortune chide
Last Line: Even that your pity is enough to cure me.


SONNET: 112    Poem Text    
First Line: Your love and pity doth the impression fill
Last Line: That all the world besides methinks are dead.


SONNET: 113    Poem Text    
First Line: Since I left you mine eye is in my mind
Last Line: My most true mind thus makes mine eye untrue.


SONNET: 114    Poem Text    
First Line: Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you
Last Line: That mine eye loves it and doth first begin.


SONNET: 115    Poem Text    
First Line: Those lines that I before have writ do lie
Last Line: To give full growth to that which still doth grow?


SONNET: 116    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let me not to the marriage of true minds / admit impediments
Last Line: I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Variant Title(s): "love;love's Not Time's Fool;true Love;love Unalterable;the Marriage Of True Minds;""let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds"";
Subject(s): Fidelity; Gays & Lesbians; Life Change Events; Love; Love - Marital; Marriage; Religion; Faithfulness; Constancy; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Theology


SONNET: 117    Poem Text    
First Line: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
Last Line: The constancy and virtue of your love.


SONNET: 118    Poem Text    
First Line: Like as to make our appetites more keen
Last Line: Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you.


SONNET: 119    Poem Text    
First Line: What potions have I drunk of siren tears
Last Line: And gain by ill thrice more than I have spent.


SONNET: 12    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I do count the clock that tells the time
Last Line: Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.
Variant Title(s): The Approach Of Age
Subject(s): Aging; Holidays; New Year; Time


SONNET: 120    Poem Text    
First Line: That you were once unkind befriends me now
Last Line: Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me.


SONNET: 121    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed
Last Line: All men are bad, and in their badness reign.


SONNET: 122    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Last Line: Were to import forgetfulness in me.


SONNET: 123    Poem Text    
First Line: No, time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
Last Line: I will be true, despite thy scythe and thee.


SONNET: 124    Poem Text    
First Line: If my dear love were but the child of state
Last Line: Which die for goodness, who have lived for crime.


SONNET: 125    Poem Text    
First Line: Were't aught to me I bore the canopy
Last Line: When most impeach'd stands least in thy control.


SONNET: 126    Poem Text    
First Line: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
Last Line: And her quietus is to render thee.


SONNET: 127    Poem Text    
First Line: In the old age black was not counted fair
Last Line: That every tongue says beauty should look so.
Variant Title(s): "in The Old Age Black Was Not Counted Fair"";


SONNET: 128    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How oft when thou art my music, music play'st
Last Line: Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.
Variant Title(s): "my Music;""how Oft, When Thou, My Music, Music Play'st"";
Subject(s): Music & Musicians


SONNET: 129    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame / is lust in action
Last Line: To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
Variant Title(s): "past Reason Hunted;""th' Expense Of Spirit In A Waste Of Shame"";sonnet #129;
Subject(s): Love; Lust


SONNET: 13    Poem Text    
First Line: O! That you were yourself; but, love, you are
Last Line: You had a father: let your son say so.
Variant Title(s): "o, That You Were Yourself, But, Love, You Are"";


SONNET: 130    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
Last Line: As any she belied with false compare.
Variant Title(s): "my Mistress' Eyes Are Nothing Like The Sun"";common Sense;shakespeare Refuses To Praise His Mistress;
Subject(s): Beauty; Eyes; Love


SONNET: 131    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
Last Line: And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.


SONNET: 132    Poem Text    
First Line: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
Last Line: And all they foul that thy complexion lack.


SONNET: 133    Poem Text    
First Line: Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
Last Line: Perforce am thine, and all that is in me.


SONNET: 134    Poem Text    
First Line: So, now I have confessed that he is thine
Last Line: He pays the whole, and yet am I not free.
Variant Title(s): "so, Now I Have Confessed That He Is Thine"";


SONNET: 135    Poem Text    
First Line: Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'will'
Last Line: Think all but one, and me in that one 'will.'


SONNET: 136    Poem Text    
First Line: If thy soul check thee that I come so near
Last Line: And then thou lovest me, for my name is 'will.'


SONNET: 137    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou blind fool, love, what dost thou to mine eyes
Last Line: And to this false plague are they now transferr'd.


SONNET: 138    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When my love swears that she is made of truth
Last Line: And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be.
Variant Title(s): "when My Love Swears That She Is Made Of Truth"";sonnet: 138a;
Subject(s): Flattery; Love


SONNET: 139    Poem Text    
First Line: O call me not to justify the wrong
Last Line: Kill me outright with looks and rid my pain.


SONNET: 14    Poem Text    
First Line: Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck
Last Line: Thy end is truth's and beauty's doom and date.


SONNET: 140    Poem Text    
First Line: Be wise as thou art cruel, do not press
Last Line: Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide.


SONNET: 141    Poem Text    
First Line: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes
Last Line: That she that makes me sin awards me pain.
Variant Title(s): "in Faith, I Do Not Love Thee With Mine Eyes"";


SONNET: 142    Poem Text    
First Line: Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate
Last Line: By self-example mayst thou be denied!


SONNET: 143    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo! As a careful housewife runs to catch
Last Line: If thou turn back, and my loud crying still.


SONNET: 144    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Two loves I have of comfort and despair
Last Line: Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
Variant Title(s): "two Loves I Have, Of Comfort And Despair"";
Subject(s): Comfort; Despair; Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 145    Poem Text    
First Line: Those lips that love's own hand did make
Last Line: And saved my life, saying 'not you.'


SONNET: 146    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth
Last Line: And, death once dead, there's no more dying then.
Variant Title(s): "the Outer Man And The Inner Man;immortality;soul And Body;to My Soul;the Death Of Death;""poor Soul, The Center Of My Sinful Earth"";
Subject(s): Consolation; Immortality


SONNET: 147    Poem Text    
First Line: My love is as a fever, longing still
Last Line: Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
Variant Title(s): "my Love Is A Fever, Longing Still"";


SONNET: 148    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: O me, what eyes hath love put in my head
Last Line: Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find!
Variant Title(s): Blind Love
Subject(s): Love - Complaints


SONNET: 149    Poem Text    
First Line: Canst thou, o cruel, say I love thee not
Last Line: Those that can see thou lovest, and I am blind.


SONNET: 15    Poem Text    
First Line: When I consider every little thing that grows
Last Line: As he takes from you, I engraft you new.


SONNET: 150    Poem Text    
First Line: O, from what power hast thou this powerful might
Last Line: More worthy I to be beloved of thee.


SONNET: 151    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Love is too young to know what conscience is
Last Line: Her 'love' for whose dear love I rise and fall.
Variant Title(s): "love Is Too Young To Know What Conscience Is"";
Subject(s): Conscience


SONNET: 152    Poem Text    
First Line: In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
Last Line: To swear against the truth so foul a lie!


SONNET: 153    Poem Text    
First Line: Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep
Last Line: Where cupid got new fire -- my mistress' eyes.


SONNET: 154    Poem Text    
First Line: The little love-god lying once asleep
Last Line: Love's fire heats water, water cools not love.


SONNET: 16    Poem Text    
First Line: But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Last Line: And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.


SONNET: 17    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Who will believe my verse in time to come
Last Line: You should live twice,--in it and in my rhyme.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SONNET: 18    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Last Line: So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
Variant Title(s): "shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day?"";to His Love;
Subject(s): Admiration; Art & Artists; Beauty; Change; Flowers; Immortality; Love; Roses; Summer; Transience; Impermanence


SONNET: 19    Poem Text    
First Line: Devouring time, blunt thou the lion's paws
Last Line: My love shall in my verse ever live young.
Variant Title(s): "devouring Time, Blunt Thou The Lion's Paws"";


SONNET: 2    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
Last Line: And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.
Subject(s): Aging; Love; Parents; Parenthood


SONNET: 20    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: A woman's face with nature's own hand painted
Last Line: Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure.
Variant Title(s): "a Woman's Face, With Nature's Own Hand Painted"";
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 21    Poem Text    
First Line: So is it not with me as with that muse
Last Line: I will not praise that purpose not to sell.


SONNET: 22    Poem Text    
First Line: My glass shall not persuade me I am old
Last Line: Thou gavest me thine, not to give back again.


SONNET: 23    Poem Text    
First Line: As an unperfect actor on the stage
Last Line: To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.


SONNET: 24    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Mine eye hath play'd the painter, and hath stell'd
Last Line: They draw but what they see, know not the heart.
Variant Title(s): "mine Eye Hath Played The Painter And Hath Stelled"";
Subject(s): Friendship; Paintings & Painters


SONNET: 25    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let those who are in favour with their stars
Last Line: Where I may not remove nor be removed.
Subject(s): War


SONNET: 26    Poem Text    
First Line: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
Last Line: Till then not show my head where thou mayst prove me.


SONNET: 27    Poem Text    
First Line: Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
Last Line: For thee and for myself no quiet find.
Variant Title(s): "the Lover's Night Thoughts;""weary With Toil, I Haste Me To My Bed"";


SONNET: 28    Poem Text    
First Line: How can I then return in happy plight


SONNET: 29    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
Last Line: That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Variant Title(s): "amor Omnia Vincit;a Consolation;fortune And Men's Eyes;""when, In Disgrace With Fortune And Men's Eyes"";
Subject(s): Desire; Friendship; Gays & Lesbians; Jealousy; Love; Religion; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men; Theology


SONNET: 3    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
Last Line: Die single, and thine image dies with thee.
Variant Title(s): "look In Thy Glass, And Tell The Face Thou Viewest"";
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SONNET: 30    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
Last Line: All losses are restored, and sorrows end.
Variant Title(s): Loses Restored;remembrance
Subject(s): Friendship; Love; Memory; Past


SONNET: 31    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
Last Line: And thou, all they, hast all the all of me.


SONNET: 32    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou survive my well-contented day
Last Line: Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love.'
Variant Title(s): Post Mortem


SONNET: 33    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Last Line: Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.
Variant Title(s): Bright Day - Grey Day
Subject(s): Love - Complaints; Morning


SONNET: 34    Poem Text    
First Line: Why didst thou promise a beauteous day
Last Line: And they are rich and ransom all ill deeds.


SONNET: 35    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done
Last Line: To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 36    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Let me confess that we two must be twain
Last Line: As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 37    Poem Text    
First Line: As a decrepit father takes delight
Last Line: This wish I have; then ten times happy me!


SONNET: 38    Poem Text    
First Line: How can my muse want subject to invent
Last Line: The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.


SONNET: 39    Poem Text    
First Line: O! How thy worth with manners may I sing
Last Line: By praising him here who doth hence remain!


SONNET: 4    Poem Text    
First Line: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Last Line: Which, used, lives th' executor to be.


SONNET: 40    Poem Text    
First Line: Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all
Last Line: Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.


SONNET: 41    Poem Text    
First Line: Those petty wrongs that liberty commits
Last Line: Thine, by thy beauty being false to me.


SONNET: 42    Poem Text    
First Line: That thou hast her, it is not all my grief
Last Line: Sweet flattery! Then she loves but me alone.


SONNET: 43    Poem Text    
First Line: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
Last Line: And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.


SONNET: 44    Poem Text    
First Line: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
Last Line: But heavy tears, badges of either's woe.


SONNET: 45    Poem Text    
First Line: The other two, slight air and purging fire
Last Line: I send them back again and straight grow sad.


SONNET: 46    Poem Text    
First Line: Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
Last Line: And my heart's right thy inward love of heart.


SONNET: 47    Poem Text    
First Line: Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took
Last Line: Awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight.


SONNET: 48    Poem Text    
First Line: How careful was I, when I took my way
Last Line: For truth proves thievish for a prize so dear.


SONNET: 49    Poem Text    
First Line: Against that time (if ever that time come)
Last Line: Since why to love I can allege no cause.


SONNET: 5    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Those hours that with gentle work did frame
Last Line: Lease but their show; their substance still lives sweet.
Variant Title(s): Eternal Rhyme
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SONNET: 50    Poem Text    
First Line: How heavy do I journey on the way


SONNET: 51    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Last Line: Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go.


SONNET: 52    Poem Text    
First Line: So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
Last Line: Being had, to triumph, being lack'd, to hope.
Variant Title(s): Seldom Pleasure


SONNET: 53    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: What is your substance, whereof are you made
Last Line: But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
Variant Title(s): "what Is Your Substance, Whereof Are You Made"";
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Love; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 54    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Oh, how much doth beauty beauteous seem
Last Line: When that shall fade, my verse distills your truth.
Subject(s): Flowers; Love; Roses


SONNET: 55    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Last Line: You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.
Subject(s): Friendship; Gays & Lesbians; Poetry & Poets; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 56    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
Last Line: Makes summer's welcome thrice more wish'd, more rare.
Subject(s): Love


SONNET: 57    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Last Line: Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.
Variant Title(s): "absence;""being Your Slave, What Should I Do Not Tend"";
Subject(s): Absence; Desire; Gays & Lesbians; Love; Separation; Isolation; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 58    Poem Text    
First Line: What god forbid, that made me first your slave
Last Line: Not blame your pleasure, be it ill or well.


SONNET: 59    Poem Text    
First Line: If there be nothing new, but that which is
Last Line: To subjects worse have given admiring praise.


SONNET: 6    Poem Text    
First Line: Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
Last Line: To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.


SONNET: 60    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
Last Line: Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.
Variant Title(s): "revolutions;""like As The Waves Make Towards The Pebbled Shore"";
Subject(s): Aging; Gays & Lesbians; Time; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 61    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Is it thy will, thy image should keep open
Last Line: From me far off, with others all too near.
Subject(s): Love


SONNET: 62    Poem Text    
First Line: Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
Last Line: Painting my age with beauty of thy days.


SONNET: 63    Poem Text    
First Line: Against my love shall be, as I am now
Last Line: And they shall live, and he in them still green.


SONNET: 64    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When I have seen by time's fell hand defac'd
Last Line: But weep to have that which it fears to lose.
Variant Title(s): Time And Love
Subject(s): Holidays; Love; New Year


SONNET: 65    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
Last Line: That in black ink my love may still shine bright.
Variant Title(s): "time And Love (2);""since Brass, Nor Stone, Nor Earth, Nor Boundless Sea"";
Subject(s): Beauty; Language; Men; Time; Words; Vocabulary


SONNET: 66    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
Last Line: Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.
Variant Title(s): The World's Way
Subject(s): Death; Injustice; Love; Suicide; Dead, The


SONNET: 67    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Ah wherefore with infection should he live
Last Line: In days long since, before these last so bad.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 68    Poem Text    
First Line: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
Last Line: To show false art what beauty was of yore.


SONNET: 69    Poem Text    
First Line: Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
Last Line: The solve is this, that thou dost common grow.


SONNET: 7    Poem Text    
First Line: Lo, in the orient when the gracious light
Last Line: Unlook'd on diest, unless thou get a son.


SONNET: 70    Poem Text    
First Line: That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect
Last Line: Then thou alone kingdoms of hearts shouldst owe.


SONNET: 71    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Last Line: And mock you with me after I am gone.
Variant Title(s): "no Longer Mourn For Me When I Am Dead"";the Triumph Of Death;
Subject(s): Death; Mourning; Dead, The; Bereavement


SONNET: 72    Poem Text    
First Line: O, lest the world should task you to recite
Last Line: And so should you, to love things nothing worth.


SONNET: 73    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Last Line: To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
Variant Title(s): "that Time Of Year Thou Mayst In Me Behold"";where Late The Sweet Birds Sang;sonnet #73;
Subject(s): Aging; Autumn; Conceit; Death; Labor & Laborers; Love - Marital; Old Age; Seasons; Fall; Dead, The; Work; Workers; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


SONNET: 74    Poem Text    
First Line: But be contented: when that fell arrest
Last Line: And that is this, and this with thee remains.


SONNET: 75    Poem Text    
First Line: So are you to my thoughts as food to life
Last Line: Or gluttoning on all, or all away.


SONNET: 76    Poem Text    
First Line: Why is my verse so barren of new pride
Last Line: So is my love still telling what is told.


SONNET: 77    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
Last Line: Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book.


SONNET: 78    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: So oft I have invoked thee for my muse
Last Line: As high as learning my rude ignorance.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


SONNET: 79    Poem Text    
First Line: Whilest I alone did call upon thy aid
Last Line: Since what he owes thee thou thyself dost pay.


SONNET: 8    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Last Line: Sings this to thee: 'thou single wilt prove none.'
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Music & Musicians; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SONNET: 80    Poem Text    
First Line: O how I faint when I of you do write
Last Line: The worst was this; my love was my decay.


SONNET: 81    Poem Text    
First Line: Or shall I live your epitaph to make
Last Line: Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men.


SONNET: 82    Poem Text    
First Line: I grant thou were not married to my muse
Last Line: Where cheeks need blood; in thee it is abused.


SONNET: 83    Poem Text    
First Line: I never saw that you did painting need
Last Line: Than both your poets can in praise devise.


SONNET: 84    Poem Text    
First Line: Who is it that says most, which can say more
Last Line: Being fond on praise, which makes your praises worse.


SONNET: 85    Poem Text    
First Line: My tongue-tied muse in manners holds her still
Last Line: Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect.


SONNET: 86    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
Last Line: Then lack'd I matter; that enfeebled mine.
Subject(s): Chapman, George (1559-1634)


SONNET: 87    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing
Last Line: In sleep a king, but, waking, no such matter.
Subject(s): Absence; Gays & Lesbians; Loss; Love; Separation; Isolation; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 88    Poem Text    
First Line: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
Last Line: That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.


SONNET: 89    Poem Text    
First Line: Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
Last Line: For I must ne'er love him whom thou dost hate.


SONNET: 9    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
Last Line: That on himself such murderous shame commits.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


SONNET: 90    Poem Text    
First Line: Then hate me when thou wilt, if ever, now
Last Line: Compared with loss of thee will not seem so.
Variant Title(s): The Spight Of Fortune


SONNET: 91    Poem Text    
First Line: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
Last Line: All this away and me most wretched make.
Variant Title(s): Wealth


SONNET: 92    Poem Text    
First Line: But do thy worst to steal thyself away
Last Line: Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not.


SONNET: 93    Poem Text    
First Line: So shall I live, supposing thou art true
Last Line: If thy sweet virtue answer not thy show!


SONNET: 94    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: They that have power to hurt, and will do none
Last Line: Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
Variant Title(s): "the Life Without Passion;""they That Have Pow'r To Hut And Will Do None"";
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Hypocrisy; Sin; Villains In Literature; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men


SONNET: 95    Poem Text    
First Line: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
Last Line: The hardest knife ill-used doth lose his edge.


SONNET: 96    Poem Text    
First Line: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
Last Line: As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
Subject(s): Youth


SONNET: 97    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: How like a winter hath my absence been
Last Line: That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.
Subject(s): Absence; Love; Winter; Separation; Isolation


SONNET: 98    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: From you have I been absent in the spring
Last Line: As with your shadow I with these did play:
Variant Title(s): The Garden Of Love;absent;no Spring Without The Beloved
Subject(s): Absence; Separation; Isolation


SONNET: 99    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The forward violet thus did I chide
Last Line: But sweet or color it had stolen from thee.
Subject(s): Admiration


STEPHANO'S SONG, FR. THE TEMPEST    Poem Text    
First Line: The master, the swabber, the boatswain and I
Last Line: Then, to sea, boys, and let her go hang!
Variant Title(s): A Sea Song;song
Subject(s): Sea; Ocean


THE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: For aught that ever I could read
Last Line: So quick bright things come to confusion.
Variant Title(s): Reading
Subject(s): Grief; Love; Sorrow; Sadness


THE DIRGE [FOR FIDELE], FR. CYMBELINE    Poem Text    
First Line: Fear no more the heat o' the sun
Last Line: And renowned be thy grave!
Variant Title(s): Dirge Of Imogen
Subject(s): Death; Mortality; Mourning; Time; Transience; Dead, The; Bereavement; Impermanence


THE FAIRIES' LULLABY, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song
Last Line: [exeunt fairies. Titania sleeps.]
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


THE MURDER, FR. MACBETH    Poem Text    
First Line: That which hath made them drunk hath made me bold
Last Line: Couldst.
Variant Title(s): The Murderers Grew Tired And Rested Under The Trees
Subject(s): Murder


THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM    Poem Text    
First Line: When my love swears that she is made of truth
Last Line: To hear her secrets so bewrayed.


THE PHOENIX AND THE TURTLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Let the bird of loudest lay
Last Line: For these dead birds, sigh a prayer.
Subject(s): Doves; Legends; Love; Phoenix (Mythical Bird); Wedding Song; Epithalamium


THE RAPE OF LUCRECE    Poem Text    
First Line: From the besieged ardea all in post
Last Line: To tarquin's everlasting banishment.


TITANIA'S BOWER, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: I know a bank where the wild thyme blows
Last Line: And look thou meet me ere the first cock crow.
Variant Title(s): The Violet Bank
Subject(s): Spring


VENUS AND ADONIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Even as the sun with purple-colored face
Last Line: Means to immure herself and not be seen.
Subject(s): Adonis; Animals; Birds; Horses; Larks; Mythology - Classical; Skylarks


WINTER, FR. LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST    Poem Text    
First Line: When icicles hang by the wall
Last Line: While greasy joan doth keel the pot.
Variant Title(s): Tu-whit To-who
Subject(s): Winter


YOUNG FRIENDS, FR. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM    Poem Text    
First Line: O, is all forgot?
Last Line: It is not friendly, 't is not maidenly.
Subject(s): Friendship



Shakespeare, William G.   
Alternate Author Name(s): S., W. G.
1 poems available by this author


THE CATHEDRAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Hope and mirth are gone. Beauty is departed
Last Line: Forgiving, praying, singing, feeling sorry.
Subject(s): Death; Soldiers' Writings; World War I; Dead, The; First World War