William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

1609

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Author
William Shakespeare
Date
1609 First published
Publication Location England
Genre
Language English
Notes Shakespeare's sonnets are poems that William Shakespeare wrote on a variety of themes. When discussing or referring to Shakespeare’s sonnets, it is almost always a reference to the 154 sonnets that were first published all together in a quarto in 1609; however there are six additional sonnets that Shakespeare wrote and included in the plays Romeo and Juliet, Henry V and Love's Labour's Lost.

The sonnets (first line in parentheses)

  • Sonnet 1 (From fairest creatures we desire increase)
  • Sonnet 2 (When forty winters shall besiege thy brow)
  • Sonnet 3 (Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest)
  • Sonnet 4 (Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend)
  • Sonnet 5 (Those hours that with gentle work did frame)
  • Sonnet 6 (Then let not winter's ragged hand deface)
  • Sonnet 7 (Lo, in the orient when the gracious light)
  • Sonnet 8 (Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?)
  • Sonnet 9 (Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye)
  • Sonnet 10 (For shame, deny that thou bear'st love to any)
  • Sonnet 11 (As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st)
  • Sonnet 12 (When I do count the clock that tells the time)
  • Sonnet 13 (O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are)
  • Sonnet 14 (Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck)
  • Sonnet 15 (When I consider every thing that grows)
  • Sonnet 16 (But wherefore do not you a mightier way)
  • Sonnet 17 (Who will believe my verse in time to come)
  • Sonnet 18 (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?)
  • Sonnet 19 (Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws)
  • Sonnet 20 (A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted)
  • Sonnet 21 (So is it not with me as with that Muse)
  • Sonnet 22 (My glass shall not persuade me I am old)
  • Sonnet 23 (As an unperfect actor on the stage)
  • Sonnet 24 (Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd)
  • Sonnet 25 (Let those who are in favour with their stars)
  • Sonnet 26 (Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage)
  • Sonnet 27 (Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed)
  • Sonnet 28 (How can I then return in happy plight)
  • Sonnet 29 (When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes)
  • Sonnet 30 (When to the sessions of sweet silent thought)
  • Sonnet 31 (Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts)
  • Sonnet 32 (If thou survive my well-contented day)
  • Sonnet 33 (Full many a glorious morning have I seen)
  • Sonnet 34 (Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day)
  • Sonnet 35 (No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done)
  • Sonnet 36 (Let me confess that we two must be twain)
  • Sonnet 37 (As a decrepit father takes delight)
  • Sonnet 38 (How can my Muse want subject to invent)
  • Sonnet 39 (O, how thy worth with manners may I sing)
  • Sonnet 40 (Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all)
  • Sonnet 41 (Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits)
  • Sonnet 42 (That thou hast her, it is not all my grief)
  • Sonnet 43 (When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see)
  • Sonnet 44 (If the dull substance of my flesh were thought)
  • Sonnet 45 (The other two, slight air and purging fire)
  • Sonnet 46 (Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war)
  • Sonnet 47 (Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took)
  • Sonnet 48 (How careful was I, when I took my way)
  • Sonnet 49 (Against that time, if ever that time come)
  • Sonnet 50 (How heavy do I journey on the way)
  • Sonnet 51 (Thus can my love excuse the slow offence)
  • Sonnet 52 (So am I as the rich, whose blessed key)
  • Sonnet 53 (What is your substance, whereof are you made)
  • Sonnet 54 (O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem)
  • Sonnet 55 (Not marble, nor the gilded monuments)
  • Sonnet 56 (Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said)
  • Sonnet 57 (Being your slave, what should I do but tend)
  • Sonnet 58 (That god forbid that made me first your slave)
  • Sonnet 59 (If there be nothing new, but that which is)
  • Sonnet 60 (Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore)
  • Sonnet 61 (Is it thy will thy image should keep open)
  • Sonnet 62 (Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye)
  • Sonnet 63 (Against my love shall be, as I am now)
  • Sonnet 64 (When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced)
  • Sonnet 65 (Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea)
  • Sonnet 66 (Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry)
  • Sonnet 67 (Ah, wherefore with infection should he live)
  • Sonnet 68 (Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn)
  • Sonnet 69 (Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view)
  • Sonnet 70 (That thou art blam'd shall not be thy defect)
  • Sonnet 71 (No longer mourn for me when I am dead)
  • Sonnet 72 (O, lest the world should task you to recite)
  • Sonnet 73 (That time of year thou mayst in me behold)
  • Sonnet 74 (But be contented: when that fell arrest)
  • Sonnet 75 (So are you to my thoughts as food to life)
  • Sonnet 76 (Why is my verse so barren of new pride)
  • Sonnet 77 (Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear)
  • Sonnet 78 (So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse)
  • Sonnet 79 (Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid)
  • Sonnet 80 (O, how I faint when I of you do write)
  • Sonnet 81 (Or I shall live your epitaph to make)
  • Sonnet 82 (I grant thou wert not married to my Muse)
  • Sonnet 83 (I never saw that you did painting need)
  • Sonnet 84 (Who is it that says most? which can say more)
  • Sonnet 85 (My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still)
  • Sonnet 86 (Was it the proud full sail of his great verse)
  • Sonnet 87 (Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing)
  • Sonnet 88 (When thou shalt be disposed to set me light)
  • Sonnet 89 (Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault)
  • Sonnet 90 (Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now)
  • Sonnet 91 (Some glory in their birth, some in their skill)
  • Sonnet 92 (But do thy worst to steal thyself away)
  • Sonnet 93 (So shall I live, supposing thou art true)
  • Sonnet 94 (They that have power to hurt and will do none)
  • Sonnet 95 (How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame)
  • Sonnet 96 (Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness)
  • Sonnet 97 (How like a winter hath my absence been)
  • Sonnet 98 (From you have I been absent in the spring)
  • Sonnet 99 (The forward violet thus did I chide)
  • Sonnet 100 (Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long)
  • Sonnet 101 (O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends)
  • Sonnet 102 (My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming)
  • Sonnet 103 (Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth)
  • Sonnet 104 (To me, fair friend, you never can be old)
  • Sonnet 105 (Let not my love be call'd idolatry)
  • Sonnet 106 (When in the chronicle of wasted time)
  • Sonnet 107 (Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul)
  • Sonnet 108 (What's in the brain that ink may character)
  • Sonnet 109 (O, never say that I was false of heart)
  • Sonnet 110 (Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there)
  • Sonnet 111 (O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide)
  • Sonnet 112 (Your love and pity doth the impression fill)
  • Sonnet 113 (Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind)
  • Sonnet 114 (Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you)
  • Sonnet 115 (Those lines that I before have writ do lie)
  • Sonnet 116 (Let me not to the marriage of true minds)
  • Sonnet 117 (Accuse me thus; that I have scanted all)
  • Sonnet 118 (Like as to make our appetites more keen)
  • Sonnet 119 (What potions have I drunk of Siren tears)
  • Sonnet 120 (That you were once unkind befriends me now)
  • Sonnet 121 ('Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd)
  • Sonnet 122 (Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain)
  • Sonnet 123 (No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change)
  • Sonnet 124 (If my dear love were but the child of state)
  • Sonnet 125 (Were't aught to me I bore the canopy)
  • Sonnet 126 (O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power)
  • Sonnet 127 (In the old days black was not counted fair)
  • Sonnet 128 (How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st)
  • Sonnet 129 (The expense of spirit in a waste of shame)
  • Sonnet 130 (My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun)
  • Sonnet 131 (Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art)
  • Sonnet 132 (Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me)
  • Sonnet 133 (Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan)
  • Sonnet 134 (So, now I have confess'd that he is thine)
  • Sonnet 135 (Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'Will')
  • Sonnet 136 (If thy soul check thee that I come so near)
  • Sonnet 137 (Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes)
  • Sonnet 138 (When my love swears that she is made of truth)
  • Sonnet 139 (O, call not me to justify the wrong)
  • Sonnet 140 (Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press)
  • Sonnet 141 (In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes)
  • Sonnet 142 (Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate)
  • Sonnet 143 (Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch)
  • Sonnet 144 (Two loves I have of comfort and despair)
  • Sonnet 145 (Those lips that Love's own hand did make)
  • Sonnet 146 (Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth)
  • Sonnet 147 (My love is as a fever, longing still)
  • Sonnet 148 (O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head)
  • Sonnet 149 (Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not)
  • Sonnet 150 (O, from what power hast thou this powerful might)
  • Sonnet 151 (Love is too young to know what conscience is)
  • Sonnet 152 (In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn)
  • Sonnet 153 (Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep)
  • Sonnet 154 (The little love-god lying once asleep)
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