Sonnet 71

by William Shakespeare

Memorize the poem, Sonnet 71 by William Shakespeare.

No longer mourn for me when I am dead Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it, for I love you so, That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot, If thinking on me then should make you woe. O! if,—I say you look upon this verse, When I perhaps compounded am with clay, Do not so much as my poor name rehearse; But let your love even with my life decay;     Lest the wise world should look into your moan,     And mock you with me after I am gone.

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