The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 53

read by Polly Frame

What is your substance, whereof are you made,

That millions of strange shadows on you tend?

Since every one hath every one one shade,

And you, but one, can every shadow lend;

5Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit

Is poorly imitated after you;

On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set

And you in Grecian tires are painted new;

Speak of the spring, and foison of the year:

10The one doth shadow of your beauty show,

The other as your bounty doth appear,

And you in every blessed shape we know.

In all external grace you have some part,

But you like none, none you, for constant heart.

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