Poem of the Week: Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

07 October 2011

One of my favorite sonnets of all time; I couldn't resist sharing it this evening.

Sonnet 116 (A Love Sonnet)
By William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Have a wonderful evening, ladies! As for myself, I am going to go and eat dinner with my family and then cozy up for the evening with the BBC's Emma. 

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 
— 1 Corinthians 13:13

5 epistles:

  1. That is simply beautiful, Lizzy! Thank you so very much for sharing...

    Also, thank you for your lovely site. I want you to know that, although I am very select as to what sites I promote, as you will see from my 'Lovely Sites' page, your blog is quickly becoming one my very favorites. Keep up the beautiful work, my sweet friend!

    Abundant Blessings,
    | The Old-Fashioned Girl |

  2. I think that is very beautiful too, Elizabeth! Yes, true love does not alter by time or age, only grows and strengthens. I always think that seeing a very old couple walking faithfully together helping each other in their old age and weakness, shows more love than the flirtation that we see between young people these days that isn't true love. Hmm... food for thought!
    P.S. I also am really blessed by your blog, and check it out regularly! God bless you,

  3. This is one of my favorites too!! I love Shakespeare's sonnets! They are some of my favorite poetry!

  4. Goodness, that is so beautiful! Though I've read nearly all of Shakespeare's plays, I'm sadly lacking in the sonnet department. This has inspired me to look up some more!

    ~ Victoria {http://raindropsandmoonlight.blogspot.com}

  5. Ooh, I love this sonnet. It always reminds me of when they quote it in Sense and Sensibility.

    And Emma! I adore Emma, so much. Every time I hear it mentioned I get super excited because I'm actually in a theatre production of the story right now...and I am Emma! Playing her character is such a treat. (:


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