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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day

Language: English

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.



Translation(s): ITA JPN FIN DUT FRE

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in Japanese, a translation by Tsubouchi Shōyō (1859 - 1935) , title unknown DUT ITA FRE FIN [text unavailable]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
    * ITA Italian (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Dovrei paragonarti ad un giorno d'estate?", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * FIN Finnish (Erkki Pullinen) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
    * DUT Dutch (L. A. J. Burgersdijk) , title unknown
    * FRE French (François-Victor Hugo) , no title, from Sonnets de Shakespeare, no. 18, published 1857

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