Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

When I was in high school I learned this sonnet for a play I was in.  I’ve loved it ever since. For some odd reason, at random times I find myself reciting it.
It is such a beautiful poem about the long-lasting effects of love despite the passing of time.
I love this sonnet so much that I figured I would share it here with all of you so you can enjoy a little Shakespeare today as well.
Sonnet 116 |

Sonnet 116


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 wand’ring 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.
Sonnet 116 |

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