Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET: 64, by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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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

When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay;
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate,
That Time will come and take my love away.
This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

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