The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 63

read by David Calder

Against my love shall be as I am now,

With time’s injurious hand crushed and o’erworn;

When hours have drained his blood, and filled his brow

With lines and wrinkles; when his youthful morn

5Hath travailed on to age’s steepy night,

And all those beauties whereof now he’s king

Are vanishing, or vanished out of sight,

Stealing away the treasure of his spring;

For such a time do I now fortify

10Against confounding age’s cruel knife,

That he shall never cut from memory

My sweet love’s beauty, though my lover’s life.

His beauty shall in these black lines be seen,

And they shall live, and he in them still green.

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