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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Sonnet 101

101

O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends

For thy neglect of truth in beauty dy’d?

Both truth and beauty on my love depends;

So dost thou too, and therein dignified.

Make answer, Muse, wilt thou not haply say,

“Truth needs no color with his color fix’d,

Beauty no pencil, beauty’s truth to lay;

But best is best, if never intermix’d”?

Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?

Excuse not silence so, for’t lies in thee

To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,

And to be prais’d of ages yet to be.

Then do thy office, Muse; I teach thee how

To make him seem long hence, as he shows now.

 

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