The Sonnets

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The Sonnets  (1609) 
by William Shakespeare
154 pieces of poetry by Shakespeare.

Dedication to The Sonnets[edit]

TO. THE. ONLIE. BEGETTER. OF.
THESE. INSUING. SONNETS.
MR. W. H. ALL. HAPPINESSE.
AND. THAT. ETERNITIE.
PROMISED.
BY.
OUR. EVER-LIVING. POET.
WISHETH.
THE. WELL-WISHING.
ADVENTURER. IN.
SETTING.
FORTH.
T. T.

Sonnets 1-10[edit]

  • Sonnet 1 - From fairest creatures we desire increase
  • Sonnet 2 - When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
  • Sonnet 3 - Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
  • Sonnet 4 - Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
  • Sonnet 5 - Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
  • Sonnet 6 - Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
  • Sonnet 7 - Lo! in the orient when the gracious light
  • Sonnet 8 - Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
  • Sonnet 9 - Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
  • Sonnet 10 - For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any

Sonnets 11-20[edit]

  • Sonnet 11 - As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st
  • Sonnet 12 - When I do count the clock that tells the time
  • Sonnet 13 - O! that you were your self; but, love you are
  • Sonnet 14 - Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck
  • Sonnet 15 - When I consider every thing that grows
  • Sonnet 16 - But wherefore do not you a mightier way
  • Sonnet 17 - Who will believe my verse in time to come
  • Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
  • Sonnet 19 - Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws
  • Sonnet 20 - A woman's face with nature's own hand painted

Sonnets 21-30[edit]

  • Sonnet 21 - So is it not with me as with that Muse
  • Sonnet 22 - My glass shall not persuade me I am old
  • Sonnet 23 - As an unperfect actor on the stage
  • Sonnet 24 - Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath steel'd
  • Sonnet 25 - Let those who are in favour with their stars
  • Sonnet 26 - Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
  • Sonnet 27 - Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
  • Sonnet 28 - How can I then return in happy plight
  • Sonnet 29 - When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
  • Sonnet 30 - When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

Sonnets 31-40[edit]

  • Sonnet 31 - Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
  • Sonnet 32 - If thou survive my well-contented day
  • Sonnet 33 - Full many a glorious morning have I seen
  • Sonnet 34 - Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
  • Sonnet 35 - No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done
  • Sonnet 36 - Let me confess that we two must be twain
  • Sonnet 37 - As a decrepit father takes delight
  • Sonnet 38 - How can my muse want subject to invent
  • Sonnet 39 - O! how thy worth with manners may I sing
  • Sonnet 40 - Take all my loves, my love, yea take them all

Sonnets 41-50[edit]

  • Sonnet 41 - Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits
  • Sonnet 42 - That thou hast her it is not all my grief
  • Sonnet 43 - When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
  • Sonnet 44 - If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
  • Sonnet 45 - The other two, slight air, and purging fire
  • Sonnet 46 - Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
  • Sonnet 47 - Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took
  • Sonnet 48 - How careful was I when I took my way
  • Sonnet 49 - Against that time, if ever that time come
  • Sonnet 50 - How heavy do I journey on the way

Sonnets 51-60[edit]

  • Sonnet 51 - Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
  • Sonnet 52 - So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
  • Sonnet 53 - What is your substance, whereof are you made
  • Sonnet 54 - O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
  • Sonnet 55 - Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
  • Sonnet 56 - Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
  • Sonnet 57 - Being your slave what should I do but tend
  • Sonnet 58 - That god forbid, that made me first your slave
  • Sonnet 59 - If there be nothing new, but that which is
  • Sonnet 60 - Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore

Sonnets 61-70[edit]

  • Sonnet 61 - Is it thy will, thy image should keep open
  • Sonnet 62 - Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
  • Sonnet 63 - Against my love shall be as I am now
  • Sonnet 64 - When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd
  • Sonnet 65 - Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
  • Sonnet 66 - Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
  • Sonnet 67 - Ah! wherefore with infection should he live
  • Sonnet 68 - Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
  • Sonnet 69 - Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
  • Sonnet 70 - That thou art blam'd shall not be thy defect

Sonnets 71-80[edit]

  • Sonnet 71 - No longer mourn for me when I am dead
  • Sonnet 72 - O! lest the world should task you to recite
  • Sonnet 73 - That time of year thou mayst in me behold
  • Sonnet 74 - But be contented: when that fell arrest
  • Sonnet 75 - So are you to my thoughts as food to life
  • Sonnet 76 - Why is my verse so barren of new pride
  • Sonnet 77 - Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
  • Sonnet 78 - So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse
  • Sonnet 79 - Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
  • Sonnet 80 - O! how I faint when I of you do write

Sonnets 81-90[edit]

  • Sonnet 81 - Or I shall live your epitaph to make
  • Sonnet 82 - I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
  • Sonnet 83 - I never saw that you did painting need
  • Sonnet 84 - Who is it that says most, which can say more
  • Sonnet 85 - My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
  • Sonnet 86 - Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
  • Sonnet 87 - Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing
  • Sonnet 88 - When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light
  • Sonnet 89 - Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
  • Sonnet 90 - Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now

Sonnets 91-100[edit]

  • Sonnet 91 - Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
  • Sonnet 92 - But do thy worst to steal thyself away
  • Sonnet 93 - So shall I live, supposing thou art true
  • Sonnet 94 - They that have power to hurt, and will do none
  • Sonnet 95 - How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
  • Sonnet 96 - Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
  • Sonnet 97 - How like a winter hath my absence been
  • Sonnet 98 - From you have I been absent in the spring
  • Sonnet 99 - The forward violet thus did I chide
  • Sonnet 100 - Where art thou Muse that thou forget'st so long

Sonnets 101-110[edit]

  • Sonnet 101 - O truant Muse what shall be thy amends
  • Sonnet 102 - My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming
  • Sonnet 103 - Alack! what poverty my Muse brings forth
  • Sonnet 104 - To me, fair friend, you never can be old
  • Sonnet 105 - Let not my love be call'd idolatry
  • Sonnet 106 - When in the chronicle of wasted time
  • Sonnet 107 - Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
  • Sonnet 108 - What's in the brain, that ink may character
  • Sonnet 109 - O! never say that I was false of heart
  • Sonnet 110 - Alas! 'tis true, I have gone here and there

Sonnets 111-120[edit]

  • Sonnet 111 - O! for my sake do you with Fortune chide
  • Sonnet 112 - Your love and pity doth the impression fill
  • Sonnet 113 - Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
  • Sonnet 114 - Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you
  • Sonnet 115 - Those lines that I before have writ do lie
  • Sonnet 116 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  • Sonnet 117 - Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
  • Sonnet 118 - Like as, to make our appetite more keen
  • Sonnet 119 - What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
  • Sonnet 120 - That you were once unkind befriends me now

Sonnets 121-130[edit]

  • Sonnet 121 - 'Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd
  • Sonnet 122 - Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
  • Sonnet 123 - No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
  • Sonnet 124 - If my dear love were but the child of state
  • Sonnet 125 - Were't aught to me I bore the canopy
  • Sonnet 126 - O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
  • Sonnet 127 - In the old age black was not counted fair
  • Sonnet 128 - How oft when thou, my music, music play'st
  • Sonnet 129 - The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
  • Sonnet 130 - My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun

Sonnets 131-140[edit]

  • Sonnet 131 - Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
  • Sonnet 132 - Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
  • Sonnet 133 - Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
  • Sonnet 134 - So, now I have confess'd that he is thine
  • Sonnet 135 - Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'Will'
  • Sonnet 136 - If thy soul check thee that I come so near
  • Sonnet 137 - Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
  • Sonnet 138 - When my love swears that she is made of truth
  • Sonnet 139 - O! call not me to justify the wrong
  • Sonnet 140 - Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press

Sonnets 141-150[edit]

  • Sonnet 141 - In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes
  • Sonnet 142 - Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate
  • Sonnet 143 - Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch
  • Sonnet 144 - Two loves I have of comfort and despair
  • Sonnet 145 - Those lips that Love's own hand did make
  • Sonnet 146 - Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
  • Sonnet 147 - My love is as a fever longing still
  • Sonnet 148 - O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head
  • Sonnet 149 - Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not
  • Sonnet 150 - O! from what power hast thou this powerful might

Sonnets 151-154[edit]

  • Sonnet 151 - Love is too young to know what conscience is
  • Sonnet 152 - In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
  • Sonnet 153 - Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep
  • Sonnet 154 - The little Love-god lying once asleep
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.