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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Time and Love
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
WHEN I have seen by Time’s fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime-lofty towers I see down-razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain        5
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay,—        10
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate—
That Time will come and take my Love away.
  This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
  But weep to have that which it fears to lose.
 
 
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