Shakespeare's Sonnets: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments

Sonnet 55

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SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d4r-d4v.
2Of princes shall out-live this pow'rful rhyme,
3But you shall shine more bright in these contents
6And broils root out the work of masonry,
8The living record of your memory.
10Shall you pace forth, your praise shall still find room,
12That wear this world out to the ending doom.
14    You live in this, and dwell in lovers' eyes.


1] monuments] monument Q. A rhyme with "contents" and the plural implied by "princes" support the universal emendation. Back to Line
4] sluttish] dirty. Back to Line
5] wasteful] laying waste. Back to Line
7] Mars] Roman god of war. Back to Line
9] enmity] emnity Q. Back to Line
11] Ev'n] Euen Q. Back to Line
13] arise] resurrect ("your self" is the object of the verb, which is, unusually, transitive). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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