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Sonnet 12. Illustrated by Henry Ospovat

Sonnet 12. Illustrated by Henry Ospovat

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silvered o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
    And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
    Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

William Shakespeare, 1598

Sonnet 12. First edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1609.

Sonnet 12. First edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1609.

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