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William Shakespeare : Sonnet 55

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rime;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmear'd with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils1 root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars2 his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
	So, till the judgement that yourself arise3,
	You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)	P. 1609

 
FOOTNOTES
1 battles; 2 Roman god of war; 3 i.e. Judgement Day
 

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