The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 6

read by Tilly Blackwood

Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface

In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled:

Make sweet some vial, treasure thou some place

With beauty’s treasure, ere it be self-killed.

5That use is not forbidden usury

Which happies those that pay the willing loan;

That’s for thyself to breed another thee,

Or ten times happier, be it ten for one:

Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,

10If ten of thine ten times refigured thee;

Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,

Leaving thee living in posterity?

Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair

To be death’s conquest and make worms thine heir.

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