The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 98

read by Jo Stone-Fewings

From you have I been absent in the spring,

When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,

Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,

That heavy Saturn laughed, and leaped with him.

5Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell

Of different flowers in odour and in hue,

Could make me any summer’s story tell,

Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;

Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,

10Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;

They were but sweet, but figures of delight,

Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,

As with your shadow I with these did play.

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