Sonnet LXIV: When I have Seen by Time's Fell Hand Defaced

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.
1When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd
2The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
4And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
5When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
6Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
7And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
8Increasing store with loss and loss with store;
9When I have seen such interchange of state,
11Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate,
12That Time will come and take my love away.
14But weep to have that which it fears to lose.


3] sometime: once.
down-ras'd: pulled down. Back to Line
10] confounded: destroyed. Back to Line
13] which: refers back to this thought. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.140.