Sonnet XVIII: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?

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.
1Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
2Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
3Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
5Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
6And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
9But thy eternal summer shall not fade
11Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
12When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
13So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
14So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


4] date: duration, period. Back to Line
7] fair: beauty. Back to Line
8] untrimm'd: stripped of its ornament. Back to Line
10] ow'st: "own'st," possessest. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.138.