The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 101

read by Tilly Blackwood

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends

For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?

Both truth and beauty on my love depends;

So dost thou, too, and therein dignified:

5Make answer, Muse, wilt thou not haply say,

‘Truth needs no colour with his colour fixed,

Beauty no pencil, beauty’s truth to lay,

But best is best if never intermixed’?

Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

10Excuse not silence so, for’t lies in thee

To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,

And to be praised of ages yet to be.

Then do thy office, Muse: I teach thee how

To make him seem long hence as he shows now.

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