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William Shakespeare

WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR: "When I Have Seen..."

"When I Have Seen..."

(From “Sonnets”, LXIV)
When I have seen by Time’s fell hand defac’d
The rich-proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-ras’d,
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 wat’ry 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, whish cannot choose
  But weep to have that which it fears to lose.



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