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ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.
THE GLORY OF BEAUTY.
Ah, wherefore with infection should he live,
0! him she stores, to shew what wealth she had,
In days long since, before these last so bad.
[!] Shakspeare's Sonnets were entered on the Stationers' books by Thonas Thrope, May 20. 1609, and printed in quarto in the same year. They were, however, written some years before. The general style of these poems, and the numerous passages in them, which remind us of our author's plays, leave not the smallest doubt of their authenticity. As these Sonnets are in 154 stanzas, peculiar passages have been selected, under appropriate heads, which will be more acceptable to readers in general. MALONE.
 i. e. Embellish itself. MALONE.
 In our author's time the false hair, usually worn, perhaps in compli. ment to the queen was of a sandy colour. Hence the epithet golden. MAL.
21 VOL. IX.
Without all ornament itself, and true,
And him as for a map doth nature store,
To show false art what beauty was of yore.
But why, thy odour matcheth not thy show,
INJURIOUS TIME. Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, So do our minutes hasten to their end : Each changing place with that which goes before, In sequent toil all forwards do contend. Nativity once in the main of light, 4 Crawls to maturity, wherewith being crown'd, Crooked eclipses 'gainst his glory fight, And time that gave, doth now his gift confound; Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth,5 And delves the parallels in beauty's brow, Feeds on the rarities of nature's truth, And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow.
And yet to times, in hope my verse shall stand,
Praising thy worth, despite his cruel hand. Against my love shall be as I am now, With time's injurious hand crush'd and o'er-worn; When hours have drain’d his blood, and fillid his brow With lines and wrinkles ; when his youthful morn Hath travell’d on to age's steepy night, And all those beauties, whereof now he's king, Are vanishing, or vanish'd out of sight,
 In the great body of light. So the main of waters. ISL. e. the external decorations. MALONE