Sonnet 59

by William Shakespeare

Memorize the poem, Sonnet 59 by William Shakespeare.

If there be nothing new, but that which is Hath been before, how are our brains beguil’d, Which labouring for invention bear amiss The second burthen of a former child! O! that record could with a backward look, Even of five hundred courses of the sun, Show me your image in some antique book, Since mind at first in character was done! That I might see what the old world could say To this composed wonder of your frame; Wh’r we are mended, or wh’r better they, Or whether revolution be the same.     O! sure I am the wits of former days,     To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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