The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 64

read by Annette Badland

When I have seen by time’s fell hand defaced

The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;

When sometime lofty towers I see down razed,

And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;

5When I have seen the hungry ocean gain

Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,

And the firm soil win of the wat’ry main,

Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;

When I have seen such interchange of state,

10Or state itself confounded, to decay,

Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate:

That time will come and take my love away.

This thought is as a death, which cannot choose

But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

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