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Sonnet 60 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 Crawls to maturity wherewith being crownd Crooked elipses gainst his glory fight And Time that gave doth now his gift confound Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth And delves the parallels in beautys brow Feeds on the rarities of natures 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 Summary This sonnet attempts to explain the nature of time as it passes and as it acts on human life In the first quatrain the speaker says that the minutes replace one another like waves on the pebbled shore each taking the place of that which came before it in a regular sequence In the second quatrain he tells the story of a human life in time by comparing it to the sun at birth Nativity it rises over the ocean the main of light then crawls upward toward noon the crown of maturity then is suddenly undone by crooked eclipses which fight against and confound the suns glory In the third quatrain time is depicted as a ravaging monster which halts youthful flourish digs wrinkles in the brow of beauty gobbles up natures beauties and mows down with his scythe everything that stands In the couplet the speaker opposes his verse to the ravages of time he says that his verse will stand in times to come and will continue to praise the worth of the beloved despite the cruel hand of time
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