Sonnets by William Shakespeare: LXXI

Updated May 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff


 No longer mourn for me when I am dead Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it, for I love you so, That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot, If thinking on me then should make you woe. O! if,-I say you look upon this verse, When I perhaps compounded am with clay, Do not so much as my poor name rehearse; But let your love even with my life decay;   Lest the wise world should look into your moan,   And mock you with me after I am gone. 
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