The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 49

read by Simon Manyonda

Against that time, if ever that time come,

When I shall see thee frown on my defects;

Whenas thy love hath cast his utmost sum,

Called to that audit by advised respects;

5Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,

And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye;

When love, converted from the thing it was,

Shall reasons find of settled gravity;

Against that time do I ensconce me here,

10Within the knowledge of mine own desert,

And this my hand against myself uprear,

To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:

To leave poor me, thou hast the strength of laws,

Since why to love, I can allege no cause.

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