The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 44

read by Oliver Ford Davies

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;

5No matter then although my foot did stand

Upon the farthest earth removed 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,

10To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,

But that so much of earth and water wrought,

I must attend time’s leisure with my moan;

Receiving naughts by elements so slow

But heavy tears, badges of either’s woe.

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