Sonnet LX: Like as the Waves Make towards the Pebbled Shore

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, Shake-speares sonnets (London: G. Eld for T. T., 1609). STC 22353. Facs. edn.: London: J. Cape, 1925. PR 2750 B48 1609b ROBA.
2So do our minutes hasten to their end;
3Each changing place with that which goes before,
4In sequent toil all forwards do contend.
6Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd,
8And Time that gave doth now his gift confound.
10And delves the parallels in beauty's brow,
12And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow:
14Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand.


1] Like as ... contend: from Ovid, Metamorphoses, XV, 180-84. Back to Line
5] Main of light: main body of light, world of light. Back to Line
7] Crooked: malignant. Back to Line
9] flourish: embellishment. Back to Line
11] rarities of nature's truth: outstanding examples of nature's creative power; literally of nature's conformity to her own best standard. Cf. The Phoenix and Turtle, line 53. Back to Line
13] in hope: to come. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.140.