16 February 2006 | Vol. 5, No. 4

Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds

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 looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle's compass come;

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

   If this be error, and upon me prov'd,

   I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.

About the author:

1564-1616. The poet and playwright William Shakespeare is commonly considered the greatest writer of the English language. Learn more about William Shakespeare at Wikipedia.

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