The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 14

read by David Calder

Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck;

And yet, methinks, I have astronomy,

But not to tell of good or evil luck,

Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;

5Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,

Pointing to each his thunder, rain and wind;

Or say with princes if it shall go well

By aught predict that I in heaven find;

But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,

10And, constant stars, in them I read such art

As truth and beauty shall together thrive

If from thyself, to store thou wouldst convert:

Or else of thee this I prognosticate,

Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.

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