SONNET NO. 63
Against my love shall be, as I am now,
With Time's injurious hand crush'd and o'er worn;
When hours have drain'd his blood, and fill'd his brow
With lines and wrinkles; when his youthful morn
Hath travell'd on to age's Steepy night;
And all those beauties, whereof now he's king,
Are vanishing or vanish'd out of sight,
Stealing away the treasure of his spring;
For such a time do I now fortify
Against confounding age's cruel knife,
That he shall never cut from memory
My sweet love's beauty, though my lover's life.
His beauty shall in these black lines be seen,
And they shall live, and he in them, still green.
Note the repetition of the following, we find-his blood, his
brow, his youthful morn, his spring, his beauty.
1st Line. Against-in anticipation of the time when.
8th Line. Stealing away-refers to time.
9th Line. Fortify-shelter.
10th Line. Confounding-destroying.
13th Line. Black lines-print-compare Sonnet 45, line 14,
Here the author writes that he is now crushed and worn out.
This cannot apply to Will Shakspere crushed and worn out by
time but it does apply to Bacon who wrote this sonnet in later
life. He writes that time has drained the blood of his love
(his poetic muse) all whose beauties are vanishing or vanished.
He writes that he will now fortify against time so that time shall
never be able to destroy or cut off from memory-his muse,
whose beauty shall be seen in his printed works (these black
lines) which shall live for ever.
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