the sonnets: william shakespeare: a translation (2013, Unpublished)

 

for Anne Carson

Contents

 1 -154

 

 

1

desire

might

decease

tender

eyes

fuel

famine

cruel

the

spring

bud

and

the

grave

 

 

2

winter’s

deep

livery

held

all

the

sunken

shame

how

fair

my

succession

old

blood

 

 

3

tell

that

fresh

world

whose

husbandry

will

stop

mother’s

prime

age

wrinkles

you

single

 

 

4

why

upon

nature’s

frank

abuse

the

profitless

cannot

traffic

deceive

then

audit

unused

lives

 

 

5

hours

gaze

to

that

summer

hideous

leaves

everywhere

left

prisoner

with

no

winter

substance

 

 

6

deface

summer

make

beauty

forbidden

pay

for

happier

times

refigured

death

living

for

conquest

 

 

 

7

gracious

burning

sight

looks

up

his

mortal

pilgrimage

weary

age

converted

look

out

son

 

 

8

sadly

war

not

pleasure

sounds

union

but

the

husband

strikes

mother

one

speechless

song

 

 

9

fear

life

if

the

world

has

widow

eyes

look

the

waste

destroys

others

himself

 

 

10

any

who

are

most

possessed

conspire

seeking

to

change

hate

and

prove

love

may live

 

 

11

fast

that

blood

from

wisdom

this

should

make

nature

perish

look

in

her

copy

 

 

12

time

sunk

past

all

trees

heat

summer’s

white

question

among

themselves

they

can

breed

 

 

13

your

self

should

give

you

determination

after

your

fall

honour

winter’s

eternal

love

father

 

 

14

stars

have

good

seasons

fortune

pointing

shall

predict

knowledge

stars

thrive

to

prognosticate

doom

 

 

15

consider

perfection

this

secret

increase

and

youthful

memory

this

most

wasteful

night

with

you

 

 

16

a

war

in

barren

hours

many

wish

your

life

this

inward

self

keeps

sweet

 

 

17

in

your

tomb

hides

the

numbers

age

touches

yellowed

tongue

your

antique

child

lives

 

 

18

summer’s

temperate

buds

have

hot

complexion

from

nature’s

eternal

possession

death

lines

men’s

lives

 

 

19

devouring

her

fierce

blood

season’s

wilt

and

forbid

love’s

antique

course

beauty’s

worse

young

 

 

20

hand

the

woman’s

shifting

eye

the

hues

men

first

wrought

and

nothing

she

treasures

 

 

21 

it

stirred

for

every

proud

moon

april’s

huge

love

my

mother’s

candles

like

praise

 

 

 

22

my

youth

furrows

death

that

seemly

breast

can

therefore

not

bear

her

heart

again

 

 

23

as

fear

too

weakens

trust

the

decay

of

eloquence

and

love

has

silent

eyes

 

 

24

the

heart

is

best

for

your

hanging

eyes

good

for

windows

to

peep

to

know

 

 

25

stars

honour

fortune

in

their

sun’s eye

their

glory

for

victories

quite

forgot

and

removed

 

 

26

to

my

written

witness

poor

words

that

(naked)

star

graciously

and

show

how i

prove

 

 

27

i

travel

journey

to

my

pilgrimage

my

darkness

imaginary

sightless

jewel

her

limbs

quiet

 

 

28

return

the

oppression

and

each

torture

the

farther

you

blot

night

stars

draw

grief’s length

 

 

29

when

outcast

my

self

(is) more

possessed

desiring

what

thoughts

i

break

earth sings

such

change

 

 

30

the

remembrance

of

woes

drowns

in

death’s

long

moan

grieve

from

sad account

i

think on

sorrows

 

 

31 

hearts

have

parts

buried

many

dear

dead

things

are

trophies

did

many

love

me

 

 

32

survive

death

and

poor

them

outstripped

love

happier men

loving

this

birth

of

better

love

 

 

33

glorious

mountain

kissing

streams

clouds

rack

from

unseen

morn

triumphant

he

masked

my

world

 

 

34

promise

me

clouds

rotten

enough

rain

well

heals

shame

yet

weak

offence’s

are

rich

 

 

35

grieved

thorns

stain

lives

men

compare

corrupting

sins

i

party

against

love

that

thief

 

 

36

two

undivided

remain

alone

our

lives

alter

from

knowledge

guilt

honour

unless

love

is mine

 

 

37

father

see

i

take my

birth

all

crowned

my

poor

shadow

in

part

is

happy

 

 

38

subject

that

argument

to

thanks

stand

dumb

when

the

old

call

outlive

my

praise

 

 

39

i

better

bring

what

this

love

may

deserve

torment

gave

love

time

to

remain

 

 

40

all

before

love

was

love

blame

my

taste

forgive

my

grief

hate’s

in

me

 

 

41

pretty

heart

befits

temptation

therefore

therefore

woo

her

forbear

youth’s

riot

break

her

false

 

 

42

all

her

wailing

touches

thus

because

even

my

loss

losing

each

other

both

are

alone

 

 

43

most

things

dream

bright

shadows

shadows

light

unseeing

eyes

looking

dead

sightless

till

day

 

 

44

flesh

should

be

remote

although

the

thought

soon

kills

miles

of

leisure

slow

tears

 

 

45

purging

with

desire

slide

quicker

tender

being

sink

until

messengers

come

recounting

joy

again

 

 

 

46

heart

divide

my

eye

lie

pierced

deny

him

title

the

verdict

is

clear

as

love

 

 

47 

heart

turns

famished

smother

love’s

painted

eye

thoughts

so

present

move

with

sleep

awake

 

 

 

48

careful

to

use

falsehood

my

greatest

care

art

i

feel

the

pleasure

will

prove

thievish

 

 

49

time

shall

cast his

audit

when

that

thing

gravity

that

knowledge

against

reason

has

cause

 

 

50

how

weary

that

miles

bear

me

instinct

speed

on

anger

groan

to

groan

my joy

 

 

51

excuse

my

art

no

excuse

can

spur

motion

no

desire

shall

excuse

going slow

go

 

 

52

i

treasure

every

point

and

seldom

like

the

time

which

some

new

scope

triumphs

 

 

53

your

millions

every

one

counterfeit

poorly

all

you

speak

of

your

bounty

you

have

none

 

 

54

how

that

looks

in

bloom

perfumed

thorns

summer’s

virtue

lives and

dies

death

of

truth

 

 

55

monuments

shall

shine

sluttish

war

broils

quick

your

death

your

posterity

ending

so

live

 

 

56

be

blunter

by

tomorrow

today

wink

and kill

the

sad

parts

daily

love

being

rare

 

 

57

slave

hours

time

services

the

clock

bitterness

you

question

your

sadness

you

fool

thing

 

 

58  

forbid

thought control

crave

to

suffer

imprisoned

patience

accusing

yourself

will

you

wait

be

ill

 

 

59

if

brains

labour for

a

record

even

some

mind

might

wonder

whether

revolution be

the

worse

 

 

60

waves

hasten

that

toil

light

crawls

against

time

time

parallels

nature’s

scythe

time’s

cruel

 

 

61

my

eyelids

slumber

shadows

spirit

home

to

scope

my

love

my

watchman

wakes

me

 

 

62 

sin

and

sin

heart

face

true

self

in

glass

and

read

iniquity

i

age

 

 

63

now

crushed

his

wrinkles

travelled

beauty

vanishing

stealing

time

confounding

memory

life

black

and

green

 

 

64

time’s

buried

towers

eternal

ocean

the

kingdom

of

loss

such

decay

has

come

death

fears

 

 

65

since

mortality

shall

no

breath hold

against

rocks

steel

fearful

time’s

hand

spoils

this

love

 

 

66

all

desert

nothing

pure

honour

rudely

disgraced

strength

tongue-tied

controlling

truth

captive

with

love

 

 

67

ah

his

sin

his

false

dead

beauty

his

bankrupt

blood

she

lives

to

long

 

 

68

outworn

flowers

these

living

dead

shorn

second life

dead

hours

and

green

beauty

as

art

 

 

69

parts of

the

soul

bare truth

with

tongues that

praise

the

mind

guess

thoughts

flower

not

grow

 

 

70

blamed

yet

suspect

crow

be

greater

for

pure

ambush

victor

yet

evermore

masked

alone

 

 

71

dead

the

world

vile world

remember

that

i

make

you

with

my

decay

you’re

gone

 

 

72

should

you

forget

me

devise

to

hang

truth

lest

you

be

shamed

by

love

 

 

73

in

yellow

boughs

birds

see the

sunset fade

black night

seals

(the) glowing

ashes

as

it

makes

you

 

 

74

but

all carry

this

memorial

you

consecrate

the earth

spirit

lost

worm

conquest

remember

that

and this

 

 

75

food

showers

you

and

now

age

now

the world

feasting

starved for

delight

you

pine

away

 

 

76

new

variation

with

method

i

invent

every word

and

always

love

is

what

is

told

 

 

77

show

how

vacant

this book

which

will

steal

progress

what

waste

my

mind

as

profit

 

 

78

i

found

every alien

under

the

heavy

feathers

a

proud

influence

in

art

and

ignorance

 

 

79

my

verse

my

sick

argument

the

poet

robs

that word

he

found

praise

he

owes

 

 

80

you

use

his

fame

but

the

inferior

do

hold

deep

worth

he

cast

this

 

 

81

to

survive

death

each

immortal

must

yield

entombed

monuments

shall

your

dead

live

breathe

 

 

82

married

without

words

every book

as

a limit

enforced

of time

yet

rhetoric can

truly

tell

their

abuse

 

 

83

did

your

painting

exceed

a poet’s

report

your

modern

worth

silence

most

mute

bring

life in

 

 

84

most

rich

is

your

pen

his subject

writes

his story

copy

nature

and

admire

every

curse

on

praise

 

 

85

her

comments

reserve

precious

thoughts

like

every

polished

praise

add

in

words

for

dumb

 

 

86

proud

of

my

tomb

was

mortal

night

giving

familiar

intelligence

my

fear

filled up

matter

 

 

87

farewell

and

give

all

I hold

rich

fair

back again

own

me

so growing

better

i

sleep

 

 

88

light

my

self

prove

weakness

a story

conceal

glory

and

thoughts

that

vantage

such is

right

 

 

89

say

and i

speak

against

love

desire

i’ll

strangle

absent

name

should

acquaint

my

hate

 

 

90

hate

is

fortune

for

my

conquered

night

overthrow

me

grief

taste

the worse

strains of

loss

 

 

91

glory

in

new-fangled

hawks

pleasure

above

particulars

general

high

costs

hawks

boast

alone

most wretched

 

 

92

but

life

no longer

depends upon

fear

when

i see

that

inconstant

lie

i

love

fear

yet

 

 

93

i

deceived husband

love

your heart

hatred

cannot

look

and frown

in your

face

whatever

should

beauty

answer

 

 

94

hurt

thing

moving

cold

inherits

nature’s

lords

others

flower

though

base

dignity

turns

worse

 

 

95

shame

rose

budding

sins

tongue

comments

but

blesses

a

habitation

where

things

take

edge

 

 

96

fault

is

loved

faults

finger

the

errors

and

betray

his

many

strengths

love

being

 

 

97

winter

pleasure

dark

december’s

time

autumn

bearing

wombs

issue

orphans

and

birds

sing

dread

 

 

98

spring

dressed

in

heavy

smell

flowers

make

their

wonder

vermillion

figures

pattern

winter

shadow

 

 

99

violet

thief

purple

dwells

in

condemned

buds

thorns

despair

of

breath

pride

eats

flowers’

colour

 

 

100

long

might

fury

lend

forgetful

numbers

sing

and

face

time

decay

spoils

my

knife

 

 

101

o

neglect

love

and

answer

with

truth

never

praise

silence

outlive

and

teach

him

 

 

102

love

the

merchandized

tongue

then

greet

summer’s

growth

the

mournful

bough

common

like

song

 

 

103

poverty

having

all

praise

blame

your

invention

my

sinful

subject

no

graces

can

own

 

 

104

old

eye

still

forests

yellow

in

hot

green

beauty

steals

your

motion

fear

summer

 

 

105

idolatry

as

my

one

love

wondrous

constancy

expressing

my

true

change

one

often

kept

 

 

106

chronicle

the

old

dead

then

hand

their

master

prophecies

all

eyes

sing

these

tongues

 

 

107

prophetic

things

control

doom

mortal

augurs

crown

endless

time

and

live

tribes

find

tombs

 

 

108

ink

my

new

love

nothing

very

old

as

love

age

wrinkles

antiquity

conceited

time

 

 

109

false

absence

from

my

home

travels

exchanged

so

my

blood

could

leave

universe

rose

 

 

110

gone

my

thoughts

made

true

strangely

another

worse

end

will

try

god

my

pure breast

 

 

 

111

 

 

my

harmful

life

means

my

nature

works

and

willing

my

bitterness

double

pity

me

 

 

112

pity

stamped

me

over

i

know

i

steeled

all

sense

stopped

neglect

in

the world

 

 

113

since

that

function

is

the

shape

his

vision

sees

the

mountain

feature

with

true mind

 

 

114

with

plague

i

love

things

sweet

bad

fast

my

mind

knows

his

poisoned

love

 

 

115

lie

said

reason

burn

time

change

beauty

divert

tyranny

then

when

doubting

babe

give

 

 

116

marriage

impediments

which

remove

fixed

tempests

star

although

lips

come

brief

even

upon

man

 

 

117

i

should

love

all

minds

given

i

transport

my

proof

within

hate

says

virtue

 

 

 

118

our

eager

maladies

shun

being

bitter

a

diseased

policy

faults

medicine

which

the

poison

 

 

119

drunk

within

fears

my

heart

thought

how

this

ill

is

built

strong

rebuked

more

 

 

120

once

that

transgression

hammered

my

hell

i

suffered

woe

sorrow

you

wounded

becomes

me

 

 

121

to

be

lost

feeling

why

my

frailties

will

that

abuse

they

must

maintain

badness

 

 

122

my

memory

remains

beyond

the

faculty

to

record

that

love

i

trust

to

forgetfulness

 

 

123

time

builds

nothing

but

dates

what

desires

we

defy

past

records

made

this

true

 

 

124

my

fortune’s

subject

among

accident

suffer

the

fashion

that

works

alone

that

fools

time

 

 

 

125

the

outward

eternity

proves

i

lose

forgoing

pitiful

heart

poor

seconds

render

suborned

control

 

 

126

power

time’s

waning

self

nature

will

keep

wretched

pleasure

treasure

her

quietus

 

 

127

black

it

is

and in

each

false

name

lives

raven

eyes

at

creation

mourn

every tongue

 

 

128

music

sounds

with

wiry

envy

tender

lips

blushing

to

those

fingers

living

this

kiss

 

 

129

in

lust

is

(the) savage

enjoyed

no

swallowed

purpose

in

having

bliss

joy

knows

hell

 

 

130

eyes

red

breasts

black

damasked

cheeks

perfumes

breath

love

a

goddess

treads

by

false

 

 

131

as

proudly

my

precious

faith

has

to

swear

false

groans

on

my

neck

black

slander

 

 

132

pitying

heart

put

my

morning

cheeks

in

glory

mourning

well

for

pity

swear

foul

 

 

133

groan

deep

torture

my

eye

harder

and

torment

my

heart

guard

then

wilt

me

 

 

134

i

am

forfeit

my

will

is

learned

under

statute

that

came

through

lost

free

 

 

135

whoever

will

vex

sweet

will

vouchsafe

others

and

yet

in

being

mine

kill

me

 

 

136

come

to

know

sweet

treasure

and

things

one

untold

account

hold

nothing

but

will

 

 

137

fool

see

beauty

yet

corrupt

man’s

eyes

judgment

should

know

this

foul

heart

transferred

 

 

138

my

lies

think

the

young

are

false

both

she

and

love’s

age

lie

flattered

 

 

139

wrong

heart

wound

by

sight

glance

with

defence

excuse

her

face

injuries

do

kill

 

 

140

press

my

sorrow

pity

might

tell

men

news

for

madness

grown

ears

may

go

 

 

141

do

note

my

view

delighted

tender

desire

sensual

my

foolish

man

slave

plague

me

 

 

142

hate

grounded

with

merits

not

ornaments

false

revenues

be

importune

pity

may

seek

you

 

 

143

catch

feathered

babe

she

neglected

her

face

prizing

that

chase

turn

mother’s

will

crying

 

 

144

despair

like

a

spirit

evil

angel

my

pride

turned

suspect

each

hell

shall

fire

 

 

145

that

sound

languished

when

her

tongue

was

taught

hate

that

night

heaven

threw

you

 

 

146

the

rebel

within

so

large

fading

worms

eat

then

store

hours

fed

on

dying

 

 

147

fever

the

feeding

sickly

reason

that

i

desire

cure

mad

thoughts

random

and

black

 

 

148

head

correspondence

is

what

my

means

denotes

no

eye

watching

my

self

cunning

faults

 

 

149

cruel

self

i

am

that

whom

i

revenge

i

despise

my

eyes

hate

blind

 

 

150

this

insufficiency

the

brightness

becoming

refuse

such

that

how

i

abhor

others

if

beloved

 

 

151

young

conscience

my

faults

betraying

my

body

flesh

rising

triumphant

poor

affairs

i

fall

 

 

152

i

swearing

in

hate

do

break

oaths

all

i

love

enlighten

the

fair

lie

 

 

153

his

advantage

did

ground

this

heat

men

cure

love’s

touch

the

sad

bath

eyes

 

 

154

asleep

his

nymphs

came

took

true

desire

sleeping

she

took

a

diseased

cure

water water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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