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1 When I do count the clock that tells the time 2 And see the brave day sunk in hideous night 3 When I behold the violet past prime 4 And sable curls all silvered oer with white 5 When lofty trees I see barren of leaves 6 Which erst from heat did canopy the herd 7 And summers green all girded up in sheaves 8 Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard 9 Then of thy beauty do I question make 10 That thou among the wastes of time must go 11 Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake 12 And die as fast as they see others grow 13 And nothing gainst Times scythe can make defence 14 Save breed to brave him when he takes thee hence This sonnet is so famous that it almost makes commentary unessential It will always be one of the best sonnets in the history of language The lively and rapid passage of time which brings every thing to an end is described not indeed in abundance but with such noteworthy and overwhelming effect that humanity almost stares us in the face as we read it The logic of the lines ends with the line itself is like the ticking of a clock or the unstoppable motion of a pendulum as it swings from side to side The importance of the placing of this sonnet here 12 I believe its because of the twelve hours of the day as well as that of the minute sonnet at 60 is hard to establish but at the very least it points to an organized hand which like the clock itself measures out the chain of important events as they occur It is true however that it is not clear that we have Shakespeares order so this is just my opinion As for the forms of the sonnet we are clear that it was definitely written by Shakespeare
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