William Shakespeare. 1564–1616

Sonnet XXI.

“So is it not with me as with that Muse”

SO is it not with me as with that Muse  
Stirr’d by a painted beauty to his verse,  
Who heaven itself for ornament doth use  
And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,  
Making a couplement of proud compare,    5
With sun and moon, with earth and sea’s rich gems,  
With April’s first-born flowers, and all things rare  
That heaven’s air in this huge rondure hems.  
O! let me, true in love, but truly write,  
And then believe me, my love is as fair   10
As any mother’s child, though not so bright  
As those gold candles fix’d in heaven’s air:  
  Let them say more that like of hear-say well;  
  I will not praise that purpose not to sell.