Shakespeare’s Sonnets

by: William Shakespeare

Fair Youth Friendship Sequence (Sonnets 18–126)

1

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate. (Sonnet 18)

2

Let those who are in favor with their stars Of public honor and proud titles boast, Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars, Unlooked for joy in that I honor most. (Sonnet 25)

3

Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising, Haply I think on thee, and then my state, Like to the lark at break of day arising From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate. (Sonnet 29)