Sonnet CVI: When in the Chronicle of Wasted Time

Original Text: 
Shake-speares sonnets (London: G. Eld for T. T., 1609). STC 22353. Facs. edn. (London: J. Cape, 1925). PR 2750 B48 1609b ROBA.
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'd
8Even such a beauty as you master now.
9So all their praises are but prophecies
10Of this our time, all you prefiguring;
11And, for they look'd but with divining eyes,
12They had not skill enough your worth to sing:
13For we, which now behold these present days,
14Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.


1] wasted: passed away. Back to Line
2] wights: persons. Back to Line
5] blazon: description (a heraldic term). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
W. J. Alexander; William Hall Clawson
RPO Edition: 
RP (1916), pp. 45-46; RPO 1997.