The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 13

read by Mark Ebulue

O that you were yourself! But, love, you are

No longer yours, than you yourself here live;

Against this coming end you should prepare,

And your sweet semblance to some other give:

5So should that beauty which you hold in lease

Find no determination; then you were

Yourself again after yourself’s decease,

When your sweet issue your sweet form should bear.

Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,

10Which husbandry in honour might uphold

Against the stormy gusts of winter’s day

And barren rage of death’s eternal cold?

O none but unthrifts, dear my love you know:

You had a father; let your son say so.

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