The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 52

read by Sam Alexander

So am I as the rich, whose blessed key

Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure,

The which he will not every hour survey,

For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure;

5Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,

Since, seldom coming, in the long year set,

Like stones of worth they thinly placed are,

Or captain jewels in the carcanet.

So is the time that keeps you as my chest,

10Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,

To make some special instant special blessed

By new unfolding his imprisoned pride.

Blessed are you, whose worthiness gives scope,

Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.

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