When do I count the clock – Sonnet 12

When do I count the clock that tells the time,

And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;

When I behold the violet past prime,

And sable curls all silver’d o’er with white;

When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,

Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,

And summer’s green all girded up in sheaves

Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard:

Then of thy beauty do I question make

That thou among the wastes of time must go,

Since sweets and beautires do themselves forsake,

And die as fast as they see other’s grown,

And nothing ‘gainst Time’s scythe can make defense

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