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William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564, in Stratford-on-Avon. The son of...
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Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea (Sonnet 65)

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by William Shakespeare
read by Jorie Graham

Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days,
When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
O fearful meditation! where, alack,
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O, none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.





Audio Clip
March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive
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