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Featured Poem: Sonnet 64 by William Shakespeare

Written by Francesca Dolan, 7th March 2022

Today's Featured Poem is brought to you by The Reader's Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Spurgin. She reads 'Sonnet 64' by William Shakespeare. If you'd like to read more selections from The Reader Bookshelf, we're holding a Walking the Earth Reading Retreat to celebrate the first year of the Bookshelf on Wednesday 23 March, 10.00am - 1.00pm. Join us to spend a spring morning enjoying reading some great literature together. If you'd like to reserve your place, email

Sonnet 64
When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced

The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay;
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my love away.
   This thought is as a death which cannot choose

But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

By William Shakespeare 

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