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Shakespeare, William    Poet's Biography
518 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!"


ABUSE OF AUTHORITY       
First Line: Oh! It is excellent


ACT I, SCENE VI       
First Line: ... As we paced along
Subject(s): Sea


ACT II, SCENE V       
First Line: Now sways it this way, like a mighty sea
Subject(s): Sea


ADAM'S WARNING       
First Line: What, my young master? O my gentle master!


ADVERSITY       
First Line: Sweet are the uses of adversity
Subject(s): Religion


AENEAS AND ANCHISES       
First Line: I was born free as caesar; so were you


AGAINST INFECTION AND THE HAND OF WAR       
Subject(s): Country Life


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       


ALL PLACES YIELD TO HIM ERE HE SITS DOWN       
Last Line: To extol what it hath done


ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, SELS.       
Subject(s): Mothers


AMIENS'S SONGS       


AND SUDDENLY; WHERE INJURY OF CHANCE       
Last Line: Distasted with the salt of broken tears


ANNE BULLEN       
First Line: Not for that neither - here's the pang that pinches


ANNE HATHAWAY       
First Line: Would ye be taught, ye feathered throng
Last Line: To be heaven's self, anne hath a way
Subject(s): Hathaway, Anne (1556-1623)


ANTONY / LEAVE THY LASCIVIOUS WASSAILS       
Last Line: So much as lank'd not


ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, SELS.       


ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, SELS.       
First Line: Enobarbus: I will tell you
Last Line: And made a gap in nature. %agrippa: rare egiptian


ANTONY AND THE SOOTHSAYER       
First Line: Say to me


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


ARE NOT THESE WOODS       
Last Line: Sermons in stones, and good in every thing


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


ARION       
First Line: To comfort you with a chance


AS YOU LIKE IT, SELS.       


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


AUTOLICUS'S SONGS       


BE CHEERFUL, SIR       


BLESS OUR POOR VIRGINITY FROM UNDERMINERS AND BLOWERS UP       
Last Line: Marry, yet 'tis a withered pear. Will you anything with it?


BLUNTNESS       
First Line: This is some fellow


BRING US IN GOOD ALE       
First Line: Bring us in good ale, and bring us in good ale
Last Line: But bring us in good ale!


BUCKINGHAM'S ADDRESS       
First Line: All good people %you that have thus far come to pity me


BUT HEAVEN HATH A HAND IN THESE EVENTS       


BUT I DO THINK IT IS THEIR HUSBANDS' FAULTS       
Last Line: The ills we do, their ills instruct us so


BUT MAN, PROUD MAN       
First Line: O! It is excellent %to have a giant's strength


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


CARDINAL WOLSEY ON BEING CAST OFF BY HENRY VIII       
First Line: Nay, then, farewell %I have touched the highest point of all my greatness


CARE KEEPS HIS WATCH IN EVERY OLD MAN'S EYES       
Subject(s): Conscientiousness


CARNATION       
First Line: Perdita. Sir, the year growing ancient
Last Line: Are our carnation and streak'd gillyvors %which some call nature's bastards
Subject(s): Flowers


CAUTION       
First Line: When clouds are seen, wise men put on their cloaks


CHARACTER       
First Line: His nature is too noble for the world


CHASTITY       
First Line: The noble sister of publicola


CHILDISH FRIENDSHIP       
First Line: We were %two lads, that thought there was


CLAUDIO ON DEATH       
First Line: Death is a fearful thing
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets


CLEOPATRA'S RESOLUTION       
First Line: Royal egypt! Empress


CLOSET SCENE       
First Line: Now, mother, what's the matter?


COCKATRICE       
First Line: This will so fright them both that they will kill


COLUMBINE: COLUMBINE       
First Line: There's rosemary, that's for remembrance
Last Line: They say 'a made a good end
Subject(s): Flowers


COME, HOW WOULDST THOU PRAISE ME?       
Last Line: O most lame and impotent conclusion! Do not learn of him


COMEDY OF ERRORS, SELS.       


COMMON MOTHER, THOU       
Last Line: That from it all consideration slips


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


CONSCIENCE       
First Line: It is a dang'rous


CORIOLANUS AND AUFIDIUS       
First Line: Thou canst not hope acquittal from the volscians


CORIOLANUS, SELS.       


CORIOLANUS: THE BELLY AND THE MEMBERS       
First Line: There was a time when all the body's members
Last Line: And leave me but the bran
Subject(s): Bodies


COULD GREAT MEN THUNDER       
Last Line: Would all themselves laugh mortal


COURAGE       
First Line: To be furious is to be frightened out of fear


COURSE OF LOVE       
First Line: Her father loved me; oft invited me
Subject(s): Love


COWARDS       
First Line: Cowards die many times before their deaths
Last Line: Will come, when it will come


COWSLIPS TALL HER PENSIONERS BE       


CRANMER'S PROPHECY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH       
First Line: Thank you, good lord archbishop: what is her name?
Subject(s): History


CYMBELINE, SELS.       
Subject(s): Sea


DAFFODILS       
First Line: Daffodils %that come before the swallow dares
Subject(s): Spring


DEATH OF QUEEN KATHARINE       
First Line: Spirits of peace, where are ye? Are ye all gone
Subject(s): Faith


DEATHS OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA       


DEEP-MOUTH'D SEA       
Subject(s): Sea


DEGREE BEING VIZARDED       
Last Line: And last eat up himself


DIDO       
First Line: Unhappy, dido, was thy fate


DOST THOU FORGET       
Last Line: Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters


DOUBTS       
First Line: Our doubts are traitors
Subject(s): Religion


EACH AND ALL       
First Line: Heaven doth with us as we with


EARL OF RICHMOND TO HIS ARMY       
First Line: More than I have said, loving countrymen


EASTERN STAR       
First Line: Finish good lady, the bright day is done
Last Line: That sucks the nurse asleep


EPILOGUE SPOKEN BY PROSPERO, SELS.       
First Line: Now I want %spirits to enforce, art to enchant


EVEN OR ODD OF ALL DAYS IN THE YEAR       
Last Line: For I had then laid wormwood to my dug


EXHORTATION TO COURAGE       
First Line: But wherefore do you droop? Why look you sad?


FA LA LA       
First Line: My mistress frowns when she should play
Last Line: None pleaseth like your fa la la


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


FATHER LOST, A HUSBAND WON       
First Line: Gloucester. Here's france and burgundy, my noble
Subject(s): Love


FEAR OF DEATH       
First Line: Be absolute for death; either death or life


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


FICKLE MOB       
First Line: What would you have, you


FIE, FIE UPON HER       
Last Line: And daughters of the game


FINE KNACKS FOR LADIES       
First Line: Fine knacks for ladies! Cheap, choice, brave, and new
Last Line: Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain! %of me a grain!


FINE OLD ENGLISH GENTLEMAN       
First Line: I'll sing you a good old song
Last Line: All of the olden time


FIRMNESS       
First Line: We must not stint


FOOL MORALIZING ON TIME       
First Line: Good morrow fool,' quoth I


FOR A PATRIOT       
First Line: Be just, and fear not


FOR WHO WOULD BEAR THE WHIPS AND SCORNS OF TIME       


FORESIGHT       
First Line: No man is the lord of any thing


FORSOOTH, IN LOVE! I, THAT HAVE BEEN LOVE'S WHIP       
Last Line: Some men must love my lady, and some joan


FORTUNE'S FINGER       
First Line: And blest are those


FRIENDS IN DEATH       
First Line: Suffolk first died; and york, all haggled over
Subject(s): Friendship


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


FUNERAL SONG       
First Line: Urns and odours bring away
Subject(s): Winter


GENTLEMAN       
First Line: See, what a grace was seated on his brow
Variant Title(s): A Portrai


GET THEE TO A NUNNERY: WHY WOULDST THOU BE A BREEDER       
Last Line: To a nunnery, go


GLAMIS THOU ART, AND CAWDOR; AND SHALT BE       
Last Line: To have thee crown'd withal


GODS ARE JUST, AND OF OUR PLEASANT       


GOOD COUNSEL OF POLONIUS       
First Line: Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar


GOOD FAITH, THIS SAME YOUNG SOBER-BLOODED BOY DOTH NOT       
Last Line: Forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack


GRANT THEM REMOV'D, AND GRANT THAT THIS YOUR NOISE       
Last Line: And this your mountainish inhumanity


GREAT MAN DOWN, YOU MARK HIS FAVORITE FLIES       


GUIDANCE       
First Line: Rashly, - %and praised be rashness for it


HAD I BUT DIED AN HOUR BEFORE THIS CHANCE       
Last Line: Is left this vault to brag of


HAD I THIS CHEEK       
Last Line: Encounter such revolt


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


HAMLET, IV, SELS.       
First Line: How should I your true love know
Last Line: With true-love showers


HATE AND REVENGE       
First Line: A plague upon them! Wherefore should I curse them


HATRED       
First Line: The worm of conscience still be-gnaw thy soul!


HATRED AND REVENGE       
First Line: How like a fawning publican he looks


HAVING DONE AND DOING       
First Line: Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back
Last Line: Than what not stirs


HE EATS NOTHING BUT DOVES, LOVE; AND THAT BREEDS HOT       
Last Line: Why, they are vipers: is love a generation of vipers?


HE NO MORE REMEMBERS HIS MOTHER NOW THAN AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD       
Last Line: He wants nothing of a god but eternity and a heaven to throne in


HE THAT WILL GIVE GOOD WORDS TO THEE WILL FLATTER       
Last Line: Him vile that was your garland


HE WAS THE SOUL OF GOODNESS       


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


HERO'S EPITAPH       
First Line: Done to death by slanderous tongues
Subject(s): Consolation


HIGHER LOYALTY       
First Line: Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition
Subject(s): Religion


HIS WORDS ARE BONDS, HIS OATHS ARE ORACLES       


HOLD UP, YOU SLUTS       
Last Line: And ditches grave you all


HOLLY AND THE IVY       
Last Line: Sweet singing in the quire


HOLLYHOCK: FEMALE AMBITION       
First Line: Glamis thou art, and cawdor; and shalt be
Last Line: And yet wouldst wrongly win
Subject(s): Flowers


HONOUR, RICHES, MARRIAGE-BLESSINGS       
Last Line: Ceres' blessing so is on you
Subject(s): Life Change Events


HOY-DAY! WHAT A SWEEP OF VANITY COMES THIS WAY       
Last Line: Men shut their doors against a setting sun


I AM AMAZ'D, METHINKS, AND LOSE MY WAY       
Last Line: Hold out this tempest


I AM DEAD, HORATIO       


I AM GIDDY, EXPECTATION WHIRLS ME ROUND       
Last Line: The enemy flying


I CANNOT TELL WHAT YOU AND OTHER MEN       
Last Line: And bear the palm alone


I DID DISLIKE THE CUT OF A CERTAIN COURTIER'S BEARD       
Last Line: Your 'if' is the only peace-maker; much virtue in 'if.'


I DO AFFECT THE VERY GROUND, WHICH IS BASE, WHERE HER SHOE       
Last Line: I am for whole volumes in folio


I DO SEE THE BOTTOM OF JUSTICE SHALLOW. LORD, LORD!       
Last Line: And now has he land and beefs


I DREAM'D THERE WAS AN EMPEROR ANTHONY       
Last Line: As plates dropp'd from his pocket


I FOLLOW HIM TO SERVE MY TURN UPON HIM       
Last Line: For daws to peck at: I am not what I am


I HAVE LIV'D LONG ENOUGH: MY WAY OF LIFE       
Last Line: Which the poor heart would fain deny, and dare not


I PRAY YOU, WHAT IS'T O'CLOCK?       
Subject(s): Country Life


I THINK CRAB MY DOG BE THE SOUREST-NATURED DOG THAT LIVES       
Last Line: How I lay the dust with my tears


I WILL NOT CHANGE MY HORSE WITH ANY TREADS       
Last Line: He trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it
Subject(s): Animals


I WOULD I HAD THAT CORPORAL SOUNDNESS NOW       
Last Line: To give some labourers room


IDEAL FRIENDSHIP       
First Line: What ho! Horatio


IF ADAM FELL IN THE DAYS OF INNOCENCY       


IF I BE FALSE, OR SWERVE A HAIR FROM TRUTH       
Last Line: As false as cressid


IF I BEGIN THE BATTERY ONCE AGAIN       
Last Line: What say you? Will you yield, and this avoid?


IF I DO PROVE HER HAGGARD       
Last Line: When we do quicken


IF THOU WERT THE LION, THE FOX WOULD BEGUILE THEE       
Last Line: That seest not thy loss in transformation


IF WE SHADOWS HAVE OFFENDED       
Last Line: No more yielding but a dream
Subject(s): Mythical Animals


IMAGINATION       
First Line: More strange that true: I never may


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


IN OLIVIA'S GARDEN       
First Line: Maria. Get ye all three into the box-tree
Subject(s): Love


IN PERDITA'S GARDEN       
First Line: Fie, daughter! When my old wive liv'd, upon
Subject(s): Daffodils; Gardens And Gardening


IN THE SPRINGTIME, THE ONLY PRETTY RING-TIME       


IN TUNE WITH THE INFINITE       
Subject(s): Religion


INCH-THICK, KNEE-DEEP, O'ER HEAD AND EARS A FORK'D ONE       
Last Line: Have the disease and feel't not


IRIS       
First Line: Hail, many-colored messenger, that ne'er


IS THERE NO WAY FOR MEN TO BE, BUT WOMEN       
Last Line: The very devils cannot plague them better


IS WHISPERING NOTHING       
Last Line: If this be nothing


JANUS       
First Line: Now, by two-headed janus


JEALOUSY       
First Line: For michael cassio
Subject(s): Love


JEALOUSY       
First Line: Not poppy, nor mandragora


JULIUS CAESAR, SELS.       
Subject(s): Caesar, Julius (100-44 B.c.); Courage; Death; Religion


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


KING HENRY IV, SELS.       
Subject(s): Courage


KING HENRY V, SELS.       
Subject(s): Agincourt, Battle Of (1415); Courage; Harfleur, France, Battle Of; History; War


KING HENRY VI, SELS.       
Subject(s): Country Life; Courage; Faith; History; Religion


KING HENRY VIII, SELS.       


KING JOHN, SELS.       
First Line: If england to itself do rest but true
Subject(s): Courage; Death; History


KING LEAR, SELS.       
Subject(s): England; Hate; Lear, King; Mothers; Social Protest


KING RICHARD II, SELS.       
First Line: O! Who can hold a fire in his hand


KING RICHARD II: THE GARDENER'S LESSON       
First Line: Go bind thou up young dangling apricocks
Last Line: Which waste of idle hours hath quite thrown down


KING RICHARD III, SELS.       
Subject(s): Freedom; Great Britain - History; Mothers; Sea


LABYRINTH       
First Line: Suffolk, stay


LAY THY FINGER THUS, AND LET THY SOUL BE INSTRUCTED       
Last Line: Hand comes the master and main exercise, the incorporate conclusion. Pish!


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


LET THE GREAT GODS       
Last Line: More sinn'd against than sinning


LIST THEN. YOUR COUSIN       
Last Line: The surge that next approaches


LOVE AND MARRIAGE OF FERNINAND AND MIRANDA       
First Line: Courtsied when you have, and kikss'd


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 THYSELF       
First Line: Love thyself last; cherish thou hearts that hate thee


LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, SELS.       


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


MACBETH, SELS.       
Subject(s): Death; Holidays; Murder; Religion; Supernatural


MACBETH, SELS.       
First Line: Seyton: it is the cry of women, my good lord
Last Line: Thou com'st to use thy tongue: thy story quickly


MAN       
First Line: Man, proud man %dressed in a little brief authority
Subject(s): Mankind


MAN MAY SEE HOW THIS WORLD GOES WITH NO EYES       
Last Line: To see the things thou dost not


MARKS OF LOVE       
First Line: Rosalind - an old religious uncle of mine taught
Subject(s): Love


MARTIAL FRIENDSHIP       
First Line: O marcius, marcius!


MARULLUS TO THE ROMAN POPULACE       
First Line: Wherefore rejoice that caesar comes in triumph


MEASURE FOR MEASURE, SELS.       


MERCHANT OF VENICE, SELS.       


MERCHANT OF VENICE, SELS.       
First Line: Portia: then must the jew be mercifull
Last Line: Must needes give sentence 'gainst the merchant there


MERCHANT OF VENICE: SADNESS AND MERRIMENT       
First Line: In sooth, I know not why I am so sad
Last Line: I'll end my exhortation after dinner


MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, SELS.       


MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, SELS.       
Subject(s): Animals; Dogs; Fairies; Supernatural; Winter


MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: YOU NICKE BOTTOME ARE SET DOWNE FOR PYRAMU       
Last Line: Ercles vaine, a tyrants vaine: a louer is more condoling


MILKING PAILS       
First Line: Mary's gone a-milking
Last Line: Gentle sweet mother o' mine


MOTHER'S BLESSING       
First Line: Be thou blest, bertram! And succeed


MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, SELS.       
Subject(s): Love


MUSIC OF THE SPHERES       
First Line: Look, jessica, see how the floor of heaven


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


NATURA NATURANS       
First Line: Nature is made better by no mean


NAY, IVY, NAY       
Last Line: As the manner ys


NAY, YOU SHALL HEAR, MASTER BROOK, WHAT I HAVE SUFFERED       
Last Line: Think of that, hissing hot, think of that, master brook


NESTOR TO HECTOR       
First Line: I have, thou gallant trojan


NIGHT HAS BEEN UNRULY: WHERE WE LAY       
Last Line: Was feverous and did shake


NIGHTINGALE, IF SHE SHOULD SING BY DAY       


NO, NOT AN OATH: IF NOT THE FACE OF MEN       
Last Line: Of any promise that hath pass'd from him


NOBLEST OF MEN, WOO'T DIE?       


NOT THINE OWN       
First Line: Thyself and thy belongings
Subject(s): Religion


NOVICE       
First Line: Hail virgin, if you be, as these cheek-roses
Subject(s): Nuns


NOW HEAR OUR ENGLISH KING       
Last Line: To fierce and bloody inclination


NOW, MY CO-MATES AND BROTHERS IN EXILE       
Last Line: I would not change it
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


O BLESSED BREEDING SUN! DRAW FROM THE EARTH       
Last Line: Do thy right nature


O PANDARUS! I TELL THEE, PANDARUS       
Last Line: The knife that made it


O ROSALIND! THESE TREES SHALL BE MY BOOKS       
Last Line: The fair, the chaste, and unexpressive she
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


O THOU FOUL THIEF! WHERE HAST THOU STOW'D MY DAUGHTER?       
Last Line: Subdue him at his peril


O! BEWARE, MY LORD, OF JEALOUSY       
Last Line: Good heaven, the souls of all my tribe defend %from jealousy


O! THAT I THOUGHT I COULD BE IN A WOMAN       
Last Line: And simpler than the infancy of truth


O, IT IS MONSTROUS! MONSTROUS!       
Last Line: And with him there lie mudded


OH! DEAR!       
First Line: Oh! Dear! What can the matter be?
Last Line: Johnny's so long at the fair


OH, MISTRESS MINE       


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


ON DEGREE       
First Line: The heavens themselves, the planets and ...


ON KINGLY CEREMONY       
First Line: What infinite heart's-ease


ONE TOUCH OF NATURE       
First Line: For time is like a fashionable host


OPHELIA'S SONG (2)       
First Line: They bore him barefaced on the briar


ORACLE       
First Line: Mine honesty and I begin to square


ORACLE       
First Line: There is a mystery in the soul of state


ORDER AND THE BEES       
First Line: Therefore doth heaven divide
Last Line: To one consent, may work contrariously


ORLANDO'S RHYMES       
First Line: Why should this a desert be?


ORPHEUS       
First Line: I'm never merry when I hear sweet music
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Orpheus


OTHELLO, SELS.       
Subject(s): Sea


OUT AND INWARD BOUND       
First Line: All things that are


PAINTING THE LILY       
First Line: Therefore, to be possessed with double pomp
Last Line: Is wasteful and ridiculous excess


PEACE       
First Line: Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths


PEGASUS       
First Line: I saw young harry, with his beaver on


PEONY: SHAME AND BASHFULNESS       
First Line: Lear, I prithee, daughter, do not make me mad
Last Line: Nor tell tales of thee to high-judging jove. %mend when thou canst; be better at thy leisure
Subject(s): Flowers


PERICLES, SELS.       


PETRUCIO IS COMING, IN A NEW HAT AND AN OLD JERKIN       
Last Line: Here and there pieced with packthread


POMPOSITY       
First Line: There are a sort of men whose visages


PORTIA'S SPEECH TO BASSANIO       
First Line: You see me, lord bassanio, where I stand


POTENCY OF LOVE       
First Line: Other slow arts entirely keep the brain


POWER OF MUSIC       
First Line: For do but note a wild and wanton herd
Last Line: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music


PRAYERS       
First Line: Hark, how I'll bribe you


PRIMROSE PATH       
First Line: Do not, as some ungracious pastors do


PROSPERO [OR, CLOUDS]       
First Line: You do look, my son, in a moved sort
Subject(s): Country Life


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


PUT UP THY GOLD: GO ON -- HERE'S GOLD       
Last Line: Confounded be thyself


PYTHAGORAS       
First Line: Thou almost mak'st me waver in my faith


QUEEN KATHERINE       
First Line: Whilst our commission from rome is read, let silence be commanded


RAVEN HIMSELF IS HOARSE       
Last Line: Nor heaven peep through the blanket of the dark %to cry, 'hold, hold!'


READINESS IS ALL       
First Line: ...Not a whit, we defy augury; there's a special providence
Last Line: To come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come: the %readiness is all
Subject(s): Life Change Events


REGRETS OF DRUNKENNESS       
First Line: What! Be you hurt, lieutenant?


RENEW, RENEW! THE FIERCE POLYDAMAS       
Last Line: Bade him win all


REPUTATION       
First Line: Good name in man and woman, dear my lord
Last Line: And makes me poor indeed


RICHARD II, SELS.       
First Line: John of gaunt: this royall throne of kings, this sceptred isle
Last Line: How happy then were my ensuing death?


ROMEO AND JULIET, SELS.       
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Mothers; Supernatural


ROMEO AND JULIET: ACT 1, SCENE 5       
First Line: Romeo. If I profane with my unworthiest hand
Last Line: Romeo. Then move not while my prayer's effect I take.


ROUGH SEAS, THAT SPARE NOT ANY MAN       
Subject(s): Sea


RUMOR       
First Line: Open your ears! For which of you will stop
Subject(s): Rumors


SAFELY IN HARBOUR       
Last Line: And his great person perish


SEALED IN VAIN       


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


SHAME AT BEING CONVICTED OF A CRIME       
First Line: O my dread lord %I should be guiltier than my guiltiness
Subject(s): Shame


SHE THAT WAS EVER FAIR       


SHYLOCK FOR THE JEWS       
First Line: But tell us, do you hear whether antonio have had any loss at sea or no?


SHYLOCK LENDS THE DUCATS       
First Line: Three thousand ducats, well


SINGLE FAMISHED KISS       
First Line: Injurious time now with a robbers hast
Last Line: Distasted with the salt of broken tears


SLANDER       
First Line: Tis slander %whose edge is sharper than the sword


SLEDBURN FAIR       
First Line: I'd oft heard tell of this sledburn fair
Last Line: In coming to sledburn fair


SLEEP       
First Line: We are such stuff


SLEEP AND THE MONARCH       
First Line: How many thousand of my poorest subjects
Last Line: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown


SOLILOQUY OF KING RICHARD III       
First Line: Give me another horse, bind up my wounds!


SONG       
First Line: The fox, the ape, the humble-bee


SONG OF THE CAMELS       
First Line: Not born to the forest are we
Last Line: Our masters knelt down


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


SONNETS (1-154, COMPLETE)       


SPITE OF CORMORANT DEVOURING TIME       


STAR DANCED       
Last Line: And under that %was I born
Subject(s): Birthdays


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


STOOL BALL       
First Line: Now milkmaids' pails are deckt with flowers
Last Line: Wherewith they harmless pastime make


SUNSET CLOUDS       
First Line: Sometime we see a cloud that's dragonish
Subject(s): Country Life


SUPPOSE       
First Line: If all the world were playing holidays


SUSPICION       
First Line: Let me have men about me that are fat


SWAGGER       
First Line: I'll hold thee any wager


SWAN       
First Line: Let music sound while he doth make his choice


SWEAREST THOU, UNGRACIOUS BOY?       
Last Line: Banish plump jack, and banish all the world %I do, I will


TAMING OF THE SHREW, SELS.       


TEMPEST, SELS.       
Subject(s): Country Life; Death; Love; Sea


TEMPEST, SELS.       
First Line: Prospero: you doe looke (my son) in a mov'd sort
Last Line: Ferdinand and miranda: we wish your peace


TEMPLE-HAUNTING MARTLET       
First Line: This guest of summer
Subject(s): Aviation And Aviators


TERRIBLE CHILD-BED HAST THOU HAD, MY DEAR       
Last Line: Lying with simple shells


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.


THERE IS AN OLD TALE GOES THAT HERNE THE HUNTER       
Last Line: Disguis'd, like herne, with huge horns on his head
Subject(s): Environment; Trees


THERE'S A DIVINITY       
First Line: Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
Subject(s): Faith


THESE LATE ECLIPSES IN THE SUN AND MOON PORTEND NO GOOD       
Last Line: Follow us disquietly to our graves


THESE THREE       
Last Line: The mortal bugs o' the field


THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS HAVE VIOLENT ENDS       


THIS CASTLE HATH A PLEASANT SEAT       
Last Line: The air is delicate


THIS DOUBLE WORSHIP       
Last Line: For the ill which doth control't


THIS IS THE EXCELLENT FOPPERY OF THE WORLD       
Last Line: Fermament twinkled on my bastardizing


THOU HAST CAST AWAY THYSELF, BEING LIKE THYSELF       
Last Line: Answer mere nature; bid them flatter thee


THOU, NATURE, ART MY GODDESS; TO THY LAW       
Last Line: Now, gods, stand up for bastards


THREATENING       
First Line: If thou but frown on me, or stir thy foot


THY LIFE DID MANIFEST THOU LOV'DST ME NOT       
Last Line: Peopled with wolves, thy old inhabitants


TIMON OF ATHENS, SELS.       


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


TITUS ANDRONICUS, SELS.       
First Line: Victorious titus, rue the tears I shed
Subject(s): Mothers


TRIAL OF QUEEN KATHARINE       
First Line: Sir, I desire you, do me right and justice
Variant Title(s): Queen Katharine's Appea


TRIAL SCENE       
First Line: Give me your hand. Came you from old bellario?


TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, SELS.       


TWELFTH NIGHT, SELS.       


TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, SELS.       


TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, SELS.       


USES OF ILL SUCCESS       
First Line: The ample proposition that hope makes


VALIANT REDRESS       
First Line: Wise men ne'er sit and wail their loss
Subject(s): Courage


VALOR       
First Line: In the reproofs of chance
Subject(s): Courage


VALOUR       
First Line: It is held %that valour is the chiefest virtue, and
Subject(s): Courage


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


VENUS SPEAKS TO ADONIS       
First Line: Thou hadst been gone, quoth she sweet boy
Subject(s): Animals


VIOLET: MODESTY       
First Line: For hamlet, and the trifling of his favour
Last Line: The perfume and suppliance of a minute; %no more
Subject(s): Flowers


VIRTUE! A FIG! 'TIS IN OURSELVES THAT WE ARE THUS, OR THUS       
Last Line: Whereof I take this that you call love to be a sect or scion


VISION       
First Line: How do's your grace?
Last Line: A queen, and a daughter to a king enter me. %I can no more


VISION OF MAC CONGLINNE       
First Line: A vision that appeared to me
Last Line: His fleshfork on his back


WAS THE HOPE DRUNK       
Last Line: And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you %have done to this


WE HAVE STRICT STATUTES AND MOST BITING LAWS       
Last Line: The baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart %goes all decorum


WELCOME YULE       
First Line: Wolcum be thu, hevene kyng
Last Line: Wolcum alle another yer %wolcum yol


WELCOME! / A CURSE BEGIN AT THE VERY ROOT OF HIS HEART       


WELL, SAY THERE IS NO KINGDOM THEN FOR RICHARD       
Last Line: Tut! Were it further off, I'll pluck it down


WHAT I DO STARE, SEE HOW THE SUBJECT QUAKES       
Last Line: Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my imagination


WHAT NEED I BE SO FORWARD WITH HIM THAT CALLS NOT ON ME?       
Last Line: And so ends my catechism


WHAT THREE THINGS DOES DRINK ESPECIALLY PROVOKE?       
Last Line: Giving him the lie, leaves him


WHAT! ARE MEN MAD? HATH NATURE GIVEN THEM EYES       
Last Line: Longs after for the garbage


WHEN A MAN'S SERVANT SHALL PLAY THE CUR WITH HIM       
Last Line: Didst thou ever see me do such a trick?


WHEN HE SHALL HEAR SHE DIED UPON HIS WORD       


WHEN MOST, I SAY, MINE EYES BE BLESSED MADE       
Subject(s): Sleep


WHEN THOU HAPLY SEEST       


WHERE THINK'ST THOU HE IS NOW? STANDS HE, OR SITS HE       
Last Line: With looking on his life


WHERE'S THE KING       
Last Line: And bids what will take all


WHO GIVES ANYTHING TO POOR TOM?       
Last Line: Beware my follower. Peace. Smulkin! Peace, thou fiend


WHY, THOU WERT BETTER IN THY GRAVE       
Last Line: Answer mere nature; bid them flatter thee


WIDDECOMBE FAIR       
First Line: Tom pearse. Tom pearse, lend me your gray mare
Last Line: Old uncle tom cobley and all


WINTER'S TALE, SELS.       


WINTER'S TALE: PRIMROSE: EARLY YOUTH       
First Line: Now, my fairest friend
Last Line: Most incident to maids
Subject(s): Flowers


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


WISDOM AND GOODNESS TO THE VILE SEEM VILE       
Last Line: Like monsters of the deep


WITCHES' MEETING       
First Line: When shall we three meet again


WOUNDED STAG       
First Line: Come, shall we go and kill us venison


YOU COMMON CRY OF CURS! WHOSE BREATH I HATE       
Last Line: There is a world elsewhere


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.
2 poems available by this author


REFUGEES       
First Line: Past the marching men, where the great road runs
Subject(s): World War I


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