The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 21

read by Tunji Kasim

So is it not with me as with that Muse,

Stirred by a painted beauty to his verse,

Who heaven itself for ornament doth use,

And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,

5Making a couplement of proud compare

With sun and moon, with earth and sea’s rich gems;

With April’s first-born flowers and all things rare

That heaven’s air in this huge rondure hems;

O let me true in love but truly write,

10And then believe me: my love is as fair

As any mother’s child, though not so bright

As those gold candles fixed in heaven’s air:

Let them say more that like of hearsay well,

I will not praise, that purpose not to sell.

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