30 POETS/ 30 DAYS: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


Happy Birthday to our poet of the day, William Shakespeare! There is so much we could say about our favorite bard, but we’ve looked to the audio book above that includes all of his sonnets. Below, we’ve included one of our favorites, Sonnet CXXVIII:
“How oft when thou, my music, music play’st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers when thou gently sway’st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,
Do I envy those jacks that nimble leap,
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips which should that harvest reap,
At the wood’s boldness by thee blushing stand!
To be so tickled, they would change their state
And situation with those dancing chips,
O’er whom thy fingers walk with gentle gait,
Making dead wood more bless’d than living lips.
Since saucy jacks so happy are in this,
Give them thy fingers, me thy lips to kiss.”

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