Shakespeare's timeless sonnets, which describe love in all its aspects, represent one of the finest bodies of poetry ever penned. They include the star-struck Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"), the witty Sonnet 103 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"), the despairing yet hopeful Sonnet 29 ("When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes, I all alone beweep my outcast state"), and more. As read by the legendary Sir John Gielgud - perhaps the greatest contemporary interpreter of the Bard - the sonnets in this selection come alive with all the passion and profound human insight of their brilliant creator.
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by William Shakespeare
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When Love Speaks - The Sonnets
by William Shakespeare
Length: 1:10 h
00:47 Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises (The Tempest, Act III, Scene II) 02:18 Live with me and be my love (from Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music) 00:54 As an unperfect actor on the stage 01:26 My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun 00:55 Why is my verse so barren of new pride 01:04 Who will believe my verse in time to come 01:03 That you were once unkind befriends me now 00:57 How oft, when thou, my music 03:00 When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes 00:48 Being your slave, what should I do but tend 01:10 Tired with all these, for restful death I cry 00:52 When I consider everything that grows 00:52 Let those who are in favour with their stars 00:53 They that have power to hurt and will do none 00:46 Those lips that Love's own hand did make 04:42 Come again, sweet love doth now invite 00:57 Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame 00:53 Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me 00:58 I never saw that you did painting need 01:05 When to the sessions of sweet silent thought 01:18 Is it thy will thy image should keep open 00:54 Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war 03:25 No more be grieved at that which thou hast done 00:57 O never say that I was false of heart 00:57 Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest 01:08 Some glory in their birth, some in their skill 00:56 How heavy do I journey on the way 01:06 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea 00:53 Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore 03:20 The quality of mercy is not strained (Portia - The Merchant of Venice) 01:05 Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said 01:02 SInce I left you, mine eye is in my mind 01:13 Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press 00:55 Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye 01:03 So is it not with me as with that Muse 00:51 Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws 03:14 The Willow Song (Desdemona - Othello) 01:03 When my love swears that she is made of truth 00:50 When I do count the clock that tells the time 01:04 What potions have I drunk of siren tears 00:45 Not marble nor the gilded monuments 00:52 Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye 00:46 Let me not to the marriage of true minds 03:26 Music to hear, why hears't thou music sadly 00:56 When forty winters shall besiege thy brow 00:46 No longer mourn for me when I am dead 01:12 In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes 01:00 Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day 00:48 Not from the stars do I my judgement pluck 01:04 My love is as a fever, longing still ▶ Listen now for free (provided by Spotify Free)
Shakespeare: The Sonnets
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