*Forty’s Nothing! (a first-lines found poem)

When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
Look in the glass and tell the face thou viewest,
(A woman’s face with Nature’s own hand painted)
“My glass shall not persuade me I am old
As an unperfect actor on the stage.
Full many a glorious morning I have seen–
I never saw that you did painting need!
O never say I was false of heart.
No! Time, you shall not boast that I do change.”

Shakespeare, William. “Sonnet “II,” “III,” “ XX,” “XXII,” “XXIII,” “XXXIII,” “LXXXIII,” “CIX”, “CXXIII.” Shakespeare’s Poems. Ed.George Wyndham. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Company, nd. 115, 116, 124, 125, 126, 131, 156, 169, 176. Print.


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