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HERBERT

SONNET NO.15

 

     When I consider every thing that grows
     Holds in perfection but a little moment,
     That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
     Whereon the stars in secret influence comment.
     When I perceive that men as plants increase,
     Cheer'd and check'd even by the self same sky,
     Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
     And wear their brave state out of memory;
     Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
     Sets you  most rich in youth  before my sight,
     Where wasteful time  debateth with decay,
     To change your day of youth to sullied night,
     And all in war with time- for love of you
     As he takes from you-I engraft you  new.

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