The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 30

read by Patrick Stewart

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

I summon up remembrance of things past,

I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,

And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste;

5Then can I drown an eye (unused to flow)

For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,

And weep afresh love’s long since cancelled woe,

And moan th’expense of many a vanished sight.

Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,

10And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er

The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,

Which I new pay, as if not paid before;

But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,

All losses are restored, and sorrows end.

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