Shakespeare's Sonnets: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea

Sonnet 65

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): e2r-e2v.
5O how shall summer's honey breath hold out
7When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
8Nor gates of steel so strong but time decays?
9O fearful meditation! where, alack,
10Shall time's best jewel from time's chest lie hid?
11Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back,
13    O none, unless this miracle have might,
14    That in black ink my love may still shine bright.


1] "Since (there is neither) brass, nor stone ... (but that) sad mortality does not o'ersway their power ..." Back to Line
2] pow'r] power Q. Back to Line
3] hold a plea] try a legal process or action at court. Back to Line
4] action] working; the legal process to obtain a remedy. flow'r] flower Q. Back to Line
6] wrackful] destructive. Back to Line
12] o'er] or Q ("over"). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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