Sonnet 44

by William Shakespeare

Memorize the poem, Sonnet 44 by William Shakespeare.

If the dull substance of my flesh were thought, Injurious distance should not stop my way; For then despite of space I would be brought, From limits far remote, where thou dost stay. No matter then although my foot did stand Upon the farthest earth remov’d from thee; For nimble thought can jump both sea and land, As soon as think the place where he would be. But, ah! thought kills me that I am not thought, To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone, But that so much of earth and water wrought, I must attend time’s leisure with my moan;     Receiving nought by elements so slow     But heavy tears, badges of either’s woe.

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