Shakespeare's Sonnets: When I have seen by time's fell hand defaced

Sonnet 64

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): e2r.
1When I have seen by time's fell hand defaced
3When sometime lofty towers I see down razed
5When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
6Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
7And the firm soil win of the watery main,
11Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
12That time will come and take my love away.
14    But weep to have that which it fears to lose.


2] cost] expenditure, outlay. Back to Line
4] brass] a copper-zinc alloy susceptible to tarnishing and to damage. Back to Line
8] "the ocean increasing its bulk by taking soil from the shore, and throwing up onto the shore its own waste." Back to Line
9] interchange of state] alternation in the state of something (and in the state or country itself), sometimes gaining "store" and othertimes sustaining "loss." Back to Line
10] confounded] overthrown. Back to Line
13] which] its referent is "This thought." Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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