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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
118. Sixty-fourth Sonnet
 
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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