Disegni: Diego Romano  


Sonetto 15


When I consider everything that grows
Hold in the perfection but a little moment,
That this huge stage presenteth noutgth but shows
Whereon the Stars in secret influence comment;
When I perceive that man as plants increase,
Cheered and check’d even by the self same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory:
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Set you most rich in youth before my sight
Were wasteful time debateth with decay
To change your day of youth to sullied night
An all in war with Time for love of you
As he takes from you I engraft you new