Poetry Month – Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 – “Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds”

I’m giving you a break from Victorian poetry with my fave Shakespeare Sonnet.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may because tomorrow it’s back to Wordsworth, Tennyson, Coleridge and the Brownings….


Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove:

O no! it is an ever-fixed mark

That looks on tempests and is never shaken;

It is the star to every wandering bark,

Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.

Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks

Within his bending sickle’s compass come:

Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,

But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

5 thoughts on “Poetry Month – Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 – “Let Me Not To The Marriage Of True Minds”

  1. mieprowan says:

    Reblogged this on There Are So Many Things Wrong With This and commented:
    Die-hard romanticism. Dangerous, but not as dangerous as giving up on it whole-heartedly. In fact, I think one can only give up on it with less than an entire heart.

  2. Emily Heath says:

    This just got added to my list of potential wedding readings for next year, thanks!

  3. vairarenbeth says:

    I had my sister read this at my wedding 11 years ago – still love, love, love it!

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