The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 22

read by Diana Quick

My glass shall not persuade me I am old

So long as youth and thou are of one date;

But when in thee time’s furrows I behold,

Then look I death my days should expiate:

5For all that beauty that doth cover thee

Is but the seemly raiment of my heart,

Which in thy breast doth live, as thine in me;

How can I then be elder than thou art?

O therefore love be of thyself so wary

10As I not for myself, but for thee will,

Bearing thy heart, which I will keep so chary

As tender nurse her babe from faring ill:

Presume not on thy heart when mine is slain;

Thou gav’st me thine not to give back again.

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