William Shakespeare

England
26 Apr 1564 // 23 Apr 1616
Poet / Playwright

Poems



Thy Love Is Better (1)

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,/ Some in their wealth, some in their body's force,/ Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill;/ Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their hors...

For Thy Sweet Love Remembered (2)

When, in disgrace with fortune and menís eyes,/ I all alone beweep my outcast state,/ And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,/ And look upon myself and curse my fate,/ Wishing me like to one ...

They that Have Power To Hurt and Will Do None (3)

They that have power to hurt and will do none,/ That do not do the thing they most do show,/ Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,/ Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;/ They rightly do inhe...

Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day? (4)

Shall I compare thee to a summerís day?/ Thou art more lovely and more temperate./ Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,/ And summerís lease hath all too short a date./ Sometime too hot the e...

The Marriage of True Minds (5)

Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments. Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds,/ Or bends with the remover to remove:/ O no; it is an ever-fixed mark,/ That look...


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