The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 65

read by Annette Badland

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,

But sad mortality o’er-sways their power,

How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,

Whose action is no stronger than a flower?

5O how shall summer’s honey breath hold out

Against the wrackful siege of batt’ring days

When rocks impregnable are not so stout,

Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays?

O fearful meditation! Where, alack,

10Shall time’s best jewel from time’s chest lie hid?

Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back,

Or who his spoil o’er beauty can forbid?

O none, unless this miracle have might:

That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

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