Reference > William Shakespeare > The Oxford Shakespeare > Poems

William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XLIV.

“If the dull substance of my flesh were thought”

IF the dull substance of my flesh were thought 
Injurious distance should not stop my way; 
For then, despite of space, I would be brought, 
From limits far remote, where thou dost stay. 
No matter then although my foot did stand         5
Upon the furthest earth remov’d from thee; 
For nimble thought can jump both sea and land, 
As soon as think the place where he would be. 
But, ah! thought kills me that I am not thought, 
To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,  10
But that, so much of earth and water wrought, 
I must attend time’s leisure with my moan; 
  Receiving nought by elements so slow 
  But heavy tears, badges of either’s woe. 



Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.