The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 56

read by Diana Quick

Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said

Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,

Which but today by feeding is allayed,

Tomorrow sharpened in his former might;

5So, love, be thou; although today thou fill

Thy hungry eyes even till they wink with fullness,

Tomorrow see again, and do not kill

The spirit of love with a perpetual dullness;

Let this sad interim like the ocean be

10Which parts the shore, where two contracted new

Come daily to the banks, that when they see

Return of love, more blessed may be the view;

Or call it winter, which being full of care

Makes summer’s welcome thrice more wished, more rare.

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