Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 225. Wednesday, 18 Sep 1991.
From: Ken Steele <
Subject: Public Domain *Sonnets* on SHAKSPER Fileserver
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 91 23:14:31 EDT
Hardy Cook has generously agreed to contribute his public domain text
of Shakespeare's Sonnets (the 1609 Quarto) to the SHAKSPER Fileserver.
The first instalment, Sonnets 1-30, is now available as SONNETS 1609Q
SHAKSPER from the SHAKSPER Fileserver. As he transcribes additional
sonnets, this file will be updated, and notices will be sent to the
conference as a whole.
A short excerpt appears below, followed by instructions on obtaining
the complete text file. Comments or suggestions on encoding or
procedures are welcomed by both Hardy Cook and myself. -- k.s.
[This text of Shakespeare's Sonnets is based on a facsimile of the
1609 Quarto, Apsley imprint, the Huntington-Bridgewater copy. It was
entered by Hardy M. Cook, <
>, and submitted
to the SHAKSPER Global Electronic Conference <SHAKSPER@utoronto.bitnet>
in September 1991. It may be FREELY distributed for scholarly,
educational, or literary purposes, so long as this paragraph remains
intact, and no fee or copyright is claimed. Use of this text for
commercial purposes is strictly forbidden.]
FRom fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauties <it>Rose<it> might neuer die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heire might beare his memory:
But thou contracted to thine owne bright eyes,
Feed'st thy lights flame with selfe substantiall fewell,
Making a famine where aboundance lies,
Thy selfe thy foe,to thy sweet selfe too cruell:
Thou that art now the worlds fresh ornament,
And only herauld to the gaudy spring,
Within thine owne bud buriest thy content,
And tender chorle makst wast in niggarding:
Pitty the world, or else this glutton be,
To eate the worlds due,by the graue and thee.
VVHen fortie Winters shall beseige thy brow,
And digge deep trenches in thy beauties field,
Thy youthes proud liuery so gazed on now,
Wil be a totter'd weed of smal worth held:
Then being askt,where all thy beautie lies,
Where all the treasure of thy lusty daies;
To say within thine owne deepe sunken eyes,
Were an all-eating shame,and thriftlesse praise.
How much more praise deseru'd thy beauties vse,
If thou couldst answere this faire child of mine
Shall sum my count,and make my old excuse
Proouing his beautie by succession thine.
This were to be new made when thou art ould,
And see thy blood warme when thou feel'st it could,
LOoke in thy glasse and tell the face thou vewest,
Now is the time that face should forme an other,
Whose fresh repaire if now thou not renewest,
Thou doo'st beguile the world, vnblesse some mother.
For where is she so faire whose vn-eard wombe
Disdaines the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tombe
Of his selfe loue to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mothers glasse and she in thee
Calls backe the louely Aprill of her prime,
So thou through windowes of thine age shalt see,
Dispight of wrinkles this thy goulden time.
But if thou liue remembred not to be,
Die single and thine Image dies with thee.
SHAKSPEReans can retrieve the complete text file from the SHAKSPER
Fileserver by issuing the interactive command, "TELL LISTSERV
AT UTORONTO GET SONNETS 1609Q SHAKSPER". If your network link does
not support the interactive "TELL" command, or if Listserv rejects
your request, then send a one-line mail message (without a subject
line) to LISTSERV@utoronto, reading "GET SONNETS 1609Q SHAKSPER".
For a complete list of files available, send the command "GET
SHAKSPER FILES SHAKSPER" to obtain an annotated index. (Note that
the "INDEX SHAKSPER" and "GET FILELIST SHAKSPER" commands will
result in an *un*annotated list generated automatically by
Listserv. These lists include size information, but are less
legible to human eyes.)
For further information, consult the appropriate section of your
SHAKSPER GUIDE, or contact the editor, <