The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 59

read by John Heffernan

If there be nothing new, but that which is

Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,

Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss

The second burden of a former child?

5O that record could with a backward look

Even of five hundred courses of the sun

Show me your image in some antique book,

Since mind at first in character was done,

That I might see what the old world could say

10To this composed wonder of your frame;

Whether we are mended, or whe’er better they,

Or whether revolution be the same.

O sure I am, the wits of former days

To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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