Shakespeare's Sonnets: Thus is his cheek the map of days out-worn

Sonnet 68

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): e3r.
4Or durst inhabit on a living brow:
5Before the golden tresses of the dead,
6The right of sepulchers, were shorn away,
8Ere beauty's dead fleece made another gay.
9In him those holy antique hours are seen,
10Without all ornament, it self and true,
11Making no summer of an other's green,
12Robbing no old to dress his beauty new,
13    And him as for a map doth nature store,
14    To shew false art what beauty was of yore.


1] map] epitome. Back to Line
2] flow'rs] flowers Q. Back to Line
3] borne] Q spelling, playing on senses "displayed," "suffered," and "born." Back to Line
7] second] scond Q. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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