The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 7

read by Emily Plumtree

Lo, in the Orient when the gracious light

Lifts up his burning head, each under eye

Doth homage to his new appearing sight,

Serving with looks his sacred majesty;

5And having climbed the steep-up heavenly hill,

Resembling strong youth in his middle age,

Yet mortal looks adore his beauty still,

Attending on his golden pilgrimage:

But when from high-most pitch with weary car

10Like feeble age he reeleth from the day,

The eyes, fore-duteous, now converted are

From his low tract, and look another way:

So thou, thyself out-going in thy noon,

Unlooked on diest, unless thou get a son.

The Sonnets for iPad

Enjoy, explore and understand these immortal works of literature as never before.

  • All 154 performances
  • 1609 facsimile
  • Detailed notes
  • Perspectives
More information

The Sonnets DVD

154 specially filmed performances by a stellar cast of actors, poets and scholars including Sir Patrick Stewart, David Tennant, Fiona Shaw, Dame Harriet Walter, Stephen Fry, and Sir Andrew Motion.

Shakespeare's Sonnets DVD More information

Produced in partnership by