S O N N E T S.

Since euery one,hath euery one,one shade,
And you but one,can euery shaddow lend:
Describe Adonis.and the counterfet,
Is poorely immitated after you,
On Hellens.cheeke all art of beautie set,
And you in Grecian.tires are painted new:
Speake of the spring,and foyzon of the yeare,
The one doth shaddow of your beautie show,
The other as your bountie doth appeare,
And you in euery blessed shape we know.
   In all externall grace you haue some part,
   But you like none,none you for constant heart.
O H how much more doth beautie beautious seeme,
By that sweet ornament which truth doth giue,
The Rose lookes faire, but fairer we it deeme
For that sweet odor,which doth in it liue:
The Canker bloomes haue full as deepe a die,
As the perfumed tincture of the Roses,
Hang on such thornes,and play as wantonly,
When sommers breath their masked buds discloses:
But for their virtue only is their show,
They liue vnwoo'd, and vnrespected fade,
Die to themselues . Sweet Roses doe not so,
Of their sweet deathes, are sweetest odors made:
   And so of you,beautious and louely youth,
   When that shall vade,by verse distils your truth.
N Ot marble, nor the guilded monument,
Of Princes shall out-liue this powrefull rime,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Then vnswept stone, besmeer'd with sluttish time.
When wastefull warre shall Statues.ouer-turne,
And broiles roote out the worke of masonry,
Nor Mars.his sword, nor warres quick fire shall burne:
The liuing record of your memory.

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