Shakespeare's Sonnets: When in the chronicle of wastèd time

Sonnet 106

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): g3r.
3And beauty making beautiful old rhyme
4In praise of ladies dead, and lovely knights,
6Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,
7I see their antique pen would have express't
9So all their praises are but prophesies
10Of this our time, all you prefiguring,
14    Have eyes to wonder but lack tongues to praise.


1] in OED "wasted," ppl. a., 4). Back to Line
2] wights] persons. Back to Line
5] blazon] heraldic record (OED, "blazon," n., 4). Back to Line
8] Ev'n] Euen Q. Back to Line
11] for] insomuch as. Back to Line
12] still] Q (meaning 'as yet'). Often emended to "skill". Back to Line
13] For] Seeing that. The past praises poorly because it cannot see, and the present can see but is rendered speechless. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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