by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FIN ITA
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
  So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
  So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

J. Dankworth sets lines 1-8

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  • Also set in English, [adaptation] ; composed by Zane Randall Stroope.
  • Also set in Japanese (日本語), a translation by Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859 - 1935) ; composed by Elliot Weisgarber.

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 14
Word count: 114