The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012 - 118 pages
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: And every fair from fair sometime declines, By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd6; But thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest7; Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see, So long lives this, and this gives life to thee. Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws, And make the earth devour her own sweet brood; Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tyger's jaws. And burn the long-liv'd phoenix in her blood8; Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleet'st, And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time, To the wide world, and all her fading sweets; But I forbid thee one most heinous crime: O, carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow, Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen; Him in thy course untainted do allow, For beauty's pattern to succeeding men. when the searching eye of heaven is hid Behind the globe, and lights the lower world. Again, in The Rape of Lucrece: The eye of heaven is out. Malone. 6 ?untrimm'd;] i. e. divested of ornament. So, in King; John: a new untrimmed bride. Steevens. Nor lose possession of that Fair thou Owest;] Of that beauty thou possessest. Fair was, in our author's time, used as a substantive. See p. 238, and the first line of the present page. To owe in old language is to possess. Malone. 8 And Burn the long-liv'd phoenix In Her Blood;] So, in Coriolanus: Your temples burned in their cement. The meaning of neither phrase is very obvious; however, ' burned in her blood, may signify ' burnt alive;' and burned in their cement, ?' burnt while they were standing.' Steevens. Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong, My love shall in my verse eve...