Shakespeare – Sonnet for Writers

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Sonnet LXXVII

“Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind’s imprint will bear,
And of this book this learning may thou taste.
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show,
Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial’s shady stealth mayst know
Time’s thievish progress to eternity.
Look, what thy memory cannot contain,
Commit to these waste blanks, and thou shalt find
Those children nurs’d, deliver’d from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,
Shall profit thee, and much enrich thy book.”
 

—Shakespeare

Those “in the know” believe this sonnet was inscribed in a book with blank leaves. 

Put it at the top of your own blank page for inspiration.

Happy day after the great Shakes Day!!

 
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6 responses to “Shakespeare – Sonnet for Writers

  1. I have that same, big, fat leatherbound Shakespeare edition. When I’m not reading it, I’m smelling the cover. Does this make me peculiar?

  2. Thanks for this inspiration from the master! I needed it today.

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