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Poem Title:  Sonnet XVII (Sonnet 18)

Poem Category:  Wedding Poetry

Poet:  William Shakespeare

Poet Biography: 
William Shakespeare (1564 -1616) was an English poet and playwright. More famous perhaps as a playwright (writing about thirty-eight plays) he also wrote a collection of sonnets and a variety of other poems.

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
So long as man can breath, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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