Sonnet 6 ~ William Shakespeare ~ with text copyright Robert Nichol AudioProductions 2012SONNET 6Then let not winter's ragged hand defaceIn thee thy summer, ere thou be distill'd:Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some placeWith beauty's treasure, ere it be self-kill'd.That use is not forbidden usury,Which happies those that pay the willing loan;That's for thyself to breed another thee,Or ten times happier, be it ten for one;Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:Then what could death do, if thou shouldst depart,Leaving thee living in posterity? Be not self-will'd, for thou art much too fair, To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.Notesragged (1): rugged or rough.treasure (3): enrich.use (5): interest.happies (6): makes happy - an unusual verb and the only time Shakespeare makes use of it.
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