Sonnet CXVI: Let me not to the Marriage of True Minds
William Shakespeare, Shake-speares sonnets (London: G. Eld for T. T., 1609). STC 22353. Facs. edn.: London: J. Cape, 1925. PR 2750 B48 1609b ROBA.
1Let me not to the marriage of true minds
2Admit impediments. Love is not love
3Which alters when it alteration finds,
5O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
6That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
7It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
9Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
10Within his bending sickle's compass come;
11Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
13If this be error and upon me prov'd,
14I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.
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