Shakespeare's Sonnets

scallamander's version from 2016-09-19 14:59

Sonnet 1

Question Answer
1.1From fairest creatures we desire increase,
1.2That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
1.3But as the riper should by time decease,
1.4His tender heir might bear his memory:
1.5But thou contracted to thine own bright eyes,
1.6Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
1.7Making a famine where abundance lies,
1.8Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
1.9Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
1.10And only herald to the gaudy spring,
1.11Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
1.12And, tender churl, mak'st waste in niggarding:
1.13Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
1.14To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

Sonnet 2

Question Answer
2.1When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
2.2And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
2.3Thy youth's proud livery so gazed on now,
2.4Will be a totter'd weed of small worth held:
2.5Then being asked, where all thy beauty lies,
2.6Where all the treasure of thy lusty days;
2.7To say, within thine own deep sunken eyes,
2.8Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.
2.9How much more praise deserv'd thy beauty's use,
2.10If thou couldst answer 'This fair child of mine
2.11Shall sum my count, and make my old excuse,'
2.12Proving his beauty by succession thine!
2.13This were to be new made when thou art old,
2.14And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.