Shakespeare's Sonnets

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This is an index page for the Shakespeare Sonnets. This work on the Sonnets is in progress, and it will take a while.

The INTRO page is recommended, if you haven't already read it, (and when it's available.)

Click a Sonnet link to go to the page devoted to that Sonnet. If a Sonnet number is not a link it means that Sonnet is not available yet.

The first, and last, lines of each Sonnets are shown, as an aid to identification, if you're looking for a particular one.


The Original Title page
 01. SHAKE-SPEARES
 07. 1609
Shakespeare Sonnets
The Sonnets Dedication page
 01. TO . THE . ONLIE . BEGETTER . OF .
 12. FORTH .

Sonnet 1 : Queen Elizabeth's Sonnet
 01. From fairest creatures we desire increase
 14.  To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee
Sonnet 2
 01. When forty Winters shall beseige thy brow
 14.  And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold
Sonnet 3
 01. Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
 14.  Die single and thine Image dies with thee
Sonnet 4
 01. Unthrifty loveliness why dost thou spend
 14.  Which used lives th' executor to be
Sonnet 5
 01. Those hours that with gentle work did frame
 14.  Leese but their show, their substance still lives sweet
Sonnet 6
 01. Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
 14.  To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir
Sonnet 7
 01. Lo in the Orient when the gracious light
 14.  Unlook'd on diest unless thou get a son
Sonnet 8
 01. Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly
 14.  Sings this to thee thou single wilt prove none
Sonnet 9
 01. Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
 14.  That on himself such murderous shame commits
Sonnet 10
 01. For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any
 14.  That beauty still may live in thine or thee
Sonnet 11
 01. As fast as thou shalt wane so fast thou grow'st
 14.  Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die
Sonnet 12
 01. When I do count the clock that tells the time
 14.  Save breed to brave him, when he takes thee hence
Sonnet 13
 01. O that you were your self, but love you are
 14.  You had a Father, let your Son say so
Sonnet 14
 01. Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck
 14.  Thy end is Truth's and Beauty's doom and date
Sonnet 15
 01. When I consider every thing that grows
 14.  As he takes from you, I ingraft you new
Sonnet 16
 01. But wherefore do not you a mightier way
 14.  And you must live drawn by your own sweet skill
Sonnet 17
 01. Who will believe my verse in time to come
 14.  You should live twice in it, and in my rhyme
Sonnet 18 : Ophelia's Immortality Sonnet
 01. Shall I compare thee to a Summer's day
 14.  So long lives this, and this gives life to thee
Sonnet 19
 01. Devouring time, blunt thou the Lion's paws
 14.  My love shall in my verse ever live young
Sonnet 20
 01. A woman's face with nature's own hand painted
 14.  Mine be thy love and thy love's use their treasure
Sonnet 21
 01. So is it not with me as with that Muse
 14.  I will not praise that purpose not to sell
Sonnet 22
 01. My glass shall not persuade me I am old
 14.  Thou gavest me thine not to give back again
Sonnet 23
 01. As an unperfect actor on the stage
 14.  To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit
Sonnet 24
 01. Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stelled
 14.  They draw but what they see, know not the heart
Sonnet 25
 01. Let those who are in favor with their stars
 14.  Where I may not remove, nor be removed
Sonnet 26
 01. Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
 14.  Till then, not show my head where thou mayst prove me
Sonnet 27
 01. Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
 14.  For thee, and for myself, no quiet find
Sonnet 28
 01. How can I then return in happy plight
 14.  And night doth nightly make grief's length seem stronger
Sonnet 29
 01. When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes
 14.  That then I scorn to change my state with Kings
Sonnet 30
 01. When to the Sessions of sweet silent thought
 14.  All losses are restored and sorrows end
Sonnet 31
 01. Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
 14.  And thou (all they) hast all the all of me
Sonnet 32
 01. If thou survive my well-contented day
 14.  Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love
Sonnet 33 : Hamnet's Death Sonnet
 01. Full many a glorious morning have I seen
 14.  Suns of the world may stain, when heaven's sun staineth
Sonnet 34 : Hamnet's Funeral Sonnet
 01. Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
 14.  And they are rich, and ransom all ill deeds
Sonnet 35
 01. No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done
 14.  To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me
Sonnet 36
 01. Let me confess that we two must be twain
 14.  As thou being mine, mine is thy good report
Sonnet 37
 01. As a decrepit father takes delight
 14.  This wish I have, then ten times happy me
Sonnet 38
 01. How can my Muse want subject to invent
 14.  The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise
Sonnet 39
 01. Oh how thy worth with manners may I sing
 14.  By praising him here who doth hence remain
Sonnet 40
 01. Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all
 14.  Kill me with spites yet we must not be foes
Sonnet 41
 01. Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits
 14.  Thine by thy beauty being false to me
Sonnet 42
 01. That thou hast her it is not all my grief
 14.  Sweet flattery, then she loves but me alone
Sonnet 43
 01. When most I wink then do mine eyes best see
 14.  And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me
Sonnet 44
 01. If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
 14.  But heavy tears, badges of either's woe
Sonnet 45
 01. The other two, slight air, and purging fire
 14.  I send them back again and straight grow sad
Sonnet 46
 01. Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
 14.  And my heart's right, their inward love of heart
Sonnet 47
 01. Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took
 14.  Awakes my heart, to heart's and eye's delight
Sonnet 48
 01. How careful was I when I took my way
 14.  For truth proves thievish for a prize so dear
Sonnet 49
 01. Against that time (if ever that time come)
 14.  Since why to love, I can allege no cause
Sonnet 50
 01. How heavy do I journey on the way
 14.  My grief lies onward and my joy behind
Sonnet 51
 01. Thus can my love excuse the slow offense
 14.  Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go
Sonnet 52
 01. So am I as the rich whose blessed key
 14.  Being had to triumph, being lacked to hope
Sonnet 53
 01. What is your substance, whereof are you made
 14.  But you like none, none you for constant heart
Sonnet 54
 01. Oh how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
 14.  When that shall vade, by verse distils your truth
Sonnet 55 : Hamnet's Memorial Sonnet
 01. Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
 14.  You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes
Sonnet 56
 01. Sweet love renew thy force, be it not said
 14.  Makes Summer's welcome, thrice more wish'd, more rare
Sonnet 57
 01. Being your slave what should I do but tend
 14.  (Though you do any thing) he thinks no ill
Sonnet 58
 01. That God forbid, that made me first your slave
 14.  Not blame your pleasure be it ill or well
Sonnet 59
 01. If there be nothing new, but that which is
 14.  To subjects worse have given admiring praise
Sonnet 60
 01. Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
 14.  Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand
Sonnet 61
 01. Is it thy will, thy Image should keep open
 14.  From me far off, with others all too near
Sonnet 62
 01. Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
 14.  Painting my age with beauty of thy days
Sonnet 63
 01. Against my love shall be as I am now
 14.  And they shall live, and he in them still green
Sonnet 64
 01. When I have seen by time's fell hand defaced
 14.  But weep to have, that which it fears to lose
Sonnet 65
 01. Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
 14.  That in black ink my love may still shine bright
Sonnet 66
 01. Tir'd with all these for restful death I cry
 14.  Save that to die, I leave my love alone
Sonnet 67
 01. Ah wherefore with infection should he live
 14.  In days long since, before these last so bad
Sonnet 68
 01. Thus is his cheek the map of days out-worn
 14.  To show false Art what beauty was of yore
Sonnet 69 : Ophelia's Beautiful Mind Sonnet
 01. Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
 14.  The folly is this, that thou dost common grow
Sonnet 70 : Ophelia's Love Sonnet
 01. That thou are blam'd shall not be thy defect
 14.  Then thou alone kingdoms of hearts shouldst owe... (love)
Sonnet 71
 01. No longer mourn for me when I am dead
 14.  And mock you with me after I am gone
Sonnet 72
 01. O lest the world should task you to recite
 14.  And so should you, to love things nothing worth
Sonnet 73
 01. That time of year thou mayst in me behold
 14.  To love that well, which thou must leave ere long
Sonnet 74
 01. But be contented when that fell arrest
 14.  And that is this, and this with thee remains
Sonnet 75
 01. So are you to my thoughts as food to life
 14.  Or gluttoning on all, or all away
Sonnet 76
 01. Why is my verse so barren of new pride
 14.  So is my love still telling what is told
Sonnet 77
 01. Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
 14.  Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book
Sonnet 78
 01. So oft have I invok'd thee for my Muse
 14.  As high as learning, my rude ignorance
Sonnet 79
 01. Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
 14.  Since what he owes thee, thou thyself dost pay
Sonnet 80
 01. O how I faint when I of you do write
 14.  The worst was this, my love was my decay
Sonnet 81
 01. Or I shall live your Epitaph to make
 14.  Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men
Sonnet 82
 01. I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
 14.  Where cheeks need blood, in thee it is abus'd
Sonnet 83
 01. I never saw that you did painting need
 14.  Than both your Poets can in praise devise
Sonnet 84
 01. Who is it that says most, which can say more
 14.  Being fond on praise, which makes your praises worse
Sonnet 85
 01. My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
 14.  Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect
Sonnet 86
 01. Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
 14.  Then lacked I matter, that enfeebled mine
Sonnet 87
 01. Farewell thou art too dear for my possessing
 14.  In sleep a King, but waking no such matter
Sonnet 88
 01. When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
 14.  That for thy right, my self will bear all wrong
Sonnet 89
 01. Say that thou did forsake me for some fault
 14.  For I must ne'er love him whom thou dost hate
Sonnet 90
 01. Then hate me when thou wilt, if ever, now
 14.  Compar'd with loss of thee, will not seem so
Sonnet 91
 01. Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
 14.  All this away, and me most wretched make
Sonnet 92
 01. But do they worst to steal thy self away
 14.  Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not
Sonnet 93
 01. So shall I live, supposing thou art true
 14.  If thy sweet virtue answer not thy show
Sonnet 94
 01. They that have power to hurt, and will do none
 14.  Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds
Sonnet 95
 01. How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
 14.  The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge
Sonnet 96
 01. Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
 14.  As thou being mine, mine is thy good report
Sonnet 97
 01. How like a winter hath my absence been
 14.  That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near
Sonnet 98
 01. From you have I been absent in the spring
 14.  As with your shadow I with these did play
Sonnet 99 : Ophelia's Flowers Sonnet (15 lines)
 00. The forward violet thus did I chide
 14.  But sweet, or color it had stolen from thee
Sonnet 100
 01. Where art thou Muse that thou forgetst so long
 14.  So thou prevents his scythe, and crooked knife
Sonnet 101
 01. Oh truant Muse what shall be thy amends
 14.  To make him seem long hence, as he shows now
Sonnet 102
 01. My love is strengthened though more weak in seeming
 14.  Because I would not dull you with my tongue
Sonnet 103
 01. Alack what poverty my Muse brings forth
 14.  Your own glass shows you, when you look in it
Sonnet 104
 01. To me fair friend you never can be old
 14.  Ere you were born was beauty's summer dead
Sonnet 105
 01. Let not my love be call'd Idolatry
 14.  Which three till now, never kept seat in one
Sonnet 106
 01. When in the Chronicle of wasted time
 14.  Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise
Sonnet 107
 01. Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
 14.  When tyrant's crests and tombs of brass are spent
Sonnet 108
 01. What's in the brain that Ink may character
 14.  Where time and outward form would show it dead
Sonnet 109
 01. O never say that I was false of heart
 14.  Save thou my Rose, in it thou art my all
Sonnet 110
 01. Alas 'tis true, I have gone here and there
 14.  Even to thy pure and most most loving breast
Sonnet 111
 01. O for my sake do you with fortune chide
 14.  Even that your pity is enough to cure me
Sonnet 112
 01. Your love and pity doth th' impression fill
 14.  That all the world besides me thinks y'are dead
Sonnet 113
 01. Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
 14.  My most true mind thus maketh mine untrue
Sonnet 114
 01. Or whether doth my mind being crown'd with you
 14.  That mine eye loves it and doth first begin
Sonnet 115
 01. Those lines that I before have writ do lie
 14.  To give full growth to that which still doth grow
Sonnet 116
 01. Let me not to the marriage of true minds
 14.  I never writ, nor no man ever loved
Sonnet 117
 01. Accuse me thus, that I have scanted all
 14.  The constancy and virtue of your love
Sonnet 118
 01. Like as to make our appetites more keen
 14.  Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you
Sonnet 119
 01. What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
 14.  And gain by ills thrice more than I have spent
Sonnet 120
 01.   That you were once unkind befriends me now
 14.     Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me
Sonnet 121
 01. 'Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed
 14.   All men are bad and in their badness reign
Sonnet 122
 01. Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
 14.  Were to import forgetfulness in me
Sonnet 123
 01. No!  Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
 14.  I will be true despite thy scythe and thee
Sonnet 124
 01. If my dear love were but the child of state
 14.  Which die for goodness, who have liv'd for crime
Sonnet 125
 01. Were 't aught to me I bore the canopy
 14.  When most impeached, stands least in thy control
Sonnet 126 (12 lines)
 01. O thou my lovely Boy who in thy power
 12.  And her Quietus is to render thee
Sonnet 127
 01. In the old age black was not counted fair
 14.  That every tongue says beauty should look so
Sonnet 128
 01. How oft when thou my music music playst
 14.  Give them their fingers, me thy lips to kiss
Sonnet 129
 01. Th' expense of Spirit in a waste of shame
 14.  To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell
Sonnet 130
 01. My Mistress' eyes are nothing like the Sun
 14.  As any she beli'd with false compare
Sonnet 131
 01. Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
 14.  And thence this slander as I think proceeds
Sonnet 132
 01. Thine eyes I love, and they as pitying me
 14.  And all they foul that thy complexion lack
Sonnet 133
 01. Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
 14.  Perforce am thine and all that is in me
Sonnet 134
 01. So now I have confessed that he is thine
 14.  He pays the whole, and yet am I not free
Sonnet 135
 01. Who ever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will
 14.  Think all but one, and me in that one Will
Sonnet 136
 01. If thy soul check thee that I come so near
 14.  And then thou lovest me for my name is Will
Sonnet 137
 01. Thou blind fool love, what dost thou to mine eyes
 14.  And to this false plague are they now transferred
Sonnet 138
 01. When my love swears that she is made of truth
 14.  And in our faults by lies we flattered be
Sonnet 139
 01. O call not me to justify the wrong
 14.  Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain
Sonnet 140
 01. Be wise as thou art cruel, do not press
 14.  Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide
Sonnet 141
 01. In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes
 14.  That she that makes me sin, awards me pain
Sonnet 142
 01. Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate
 14.  By self example may'st thou be denied
Sonnet 143
 01. Lo as a careful housewife runs to catch
 14.  If thou turn back and my loud crying still
Sonnet 144
 01. Two loves I have of comfort and despair
 14.  Till my bad angel fire my good one out
Sonnet 145
 01. Those lips that Love's own hand did make
 14.  And sav'd my life saying not you
Sonnet 146
 01. Poor soul the center of my sinful earth
 14.  And death once dead, there's no more dying then
Sonnet 147
 01. My love is as a fever longing still
 14.  Who art as black as hell, as dark as night
Sonnet 148
 01. O me! what eyes hath love put in my head
 14.  Lest eyes well seeing thy foul faults should find
Sonnet 149
 01. Canst thou O cruel, say I love thee not
 14.  Those that can see thou lov'st, and I am blind
Sonnet 150
 01. Oh from what power hast thou this powerful might
 14.  More worthy I to be belov'd of thee
Sonnet 151
 01. Love is too young to know what conscience is
 14.  Her love, for whose dear love I rise and fall
Sonnet 152
 01. In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
 14.  To swear against the truth so foul a lie
Sonnet 153
 01. Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep
 14.  Where Cupid got new fire, my mistress' eye
Sonnet 154
 01. The little Love God lying once asleep
 14.  Love's fire heats water, water cools not love

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