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Shakespeare's Sonnet 116

  1    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
  2    Admit impediments. Love is not love
  3    Which alters when it alteration finds,
  4    Or bends with the remover to remove.
  5    O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
  6    That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
  7    It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
  8    Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
  9    Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
 10    Within his bending sickle's compass come:
 11    Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
 12    But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
 13      If this be error and upon me proved,
 14      I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
Recommended: Recitation by Mike Galsworthy.

"looks on tempests and is never shaken"

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