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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)

William Shakespeare, read by James Fenton


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)

William Shakespeare, read by James Fenton


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date;
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st;
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
   So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
   So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Recordings

1Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage

2Sonnet 130: My Mistress' Eyes are Nothing Like the Sun

3Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee

4Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold

5Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea

6Sonnet 19: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws

7Sonnet 147: My love is like a fever, longing still

8Sonnet 20

Books by William Shakespeare