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Shakespeare's Sonnet 106

  1    When in the chronicle of wasted time
  2    I see descriptions of the fairest wights,
  3    And beauty making beautiful old rhyme
  4    In praise of ladies dead and lovely knights,
  5    Then, in the blazon of sweet beauty's best,
  6    Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow,
  7    I see their antique pen would have express'd
  8    Even such a beauty as you master now.
  9    So all their praises are but prophecies
 10    Of this our time, all you prefiguring;
 11    And, for they look'd but with divining eyes,
 12    They had not skill enough your worth to sing:
 13      For we, which now behold these present days,
 14      Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise.
Recommended: Recitation by Alif Williams.

"the fairest wights"

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