The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 55

read by David Calder

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments

Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;

But you shall shine more bright in these contents

Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.

5When wasteful war shall statues overturn

And broils root out the work of masonry,

Nor Mars his sword, nor war’s quick fire, shall burn

The living record of your memory:

’Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity,

10Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room

Even in the eyes of all posterity

That wear this world out to the ending doom.

So till the judgement that yourself arise,

You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.

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