Not from the stars (Michael Gray)
- Editor: Michael Gray (submitted 2016-11-25). Score information: Letter (landscape), 12 pages, 288 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: From an on-going SAB Collection, "Book of Sonnets"
Description: From an on-going SAB Collection, "Book of Sonnets"
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Original text and translations
Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck,
And yet methinks I have astronomy;
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find.
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.
William Shakespeare (Sonnet XIV)