Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
| Shall I compare you to a summer's day?
| Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
| You are more lovely and more constant:
| Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
| Rough winds shake the beloved buds of May
| And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
| And summer is far too short:
| Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
| At times the sun is too hot,
| And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
| Or often goes behind the clouds;
| And every fair from fair sometime declines,
| And everything beautiful sometime will lose its beauty,
| By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
| By misfortune or by nature's planned out course.
| But thy eternal summer shall not fade
| But your youth shall not fade,
| Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
| Nor will you lose the beauty that you possess;
| Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
| Nor will death claim you for his own,
| When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
| Because in my eternal verse you will live forever.
| So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
| So long as there are people on this earth,
| So long lives this and this gives life to thee.
| So long will this poem live on, making you immortal
| My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
| My mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun;
| Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
| Coral is far more red than her lips;
| If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
| If snow is white, then her breasts are a brownish gray;
| If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
| If hairs are like wires, hers are black and not golden.
| I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
| I have seen damask roses, red and white [streaked],
| But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
| But I do not see such colors in her cheeks;
| And in some perfumes is there more delight
| And some perfumes give more delight
| Than in the breath that from my...
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