Sonnet XXV: Let those who are in Favour with their Stars

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.
1Let those who are in favour with their stars
2Of public honour and proud titles boast,
3Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
5Great princes' favourites their fair leaves spread
6But as the marigold at the sun's eye,
7And in themselves their pride lies buried,
8For at a frown they in their glory die.
10After a thousand victories once foil'd,
11Is from the book of honour razed quite,
12And all the rest forgot for which he toil'd:
13Then happy I, that love and am beloved
14Where I may not remove nor be removed.


4] Unlook'd for: unheeded, unexpectedly. Back to Line
9] painful: enduring pain. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.138.