Thursday, November 6, 2008


Since today is a day that I count my blessings, I want to share with you.

This is my favorite sonnet by William Shakespeare. I fell in love with it, if you will, in high school. Sophmore year we had to pick a sonnet to memorize, and this was mine. It was prophetic since I am blessed to have a love as described in it's verses.

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments, love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come,
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom:
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
I hope you enjoy it. The beautiful words make me smile still and they hold so much more richness of meaning now that I truly understand what it is to have a love that lasts and does not alter, nor bend.
Thank you, honey. Our anniversary is coming this Sunday... I guess that is why I am feeling so nostalgic. 17 years...
be well...


Leigh said...

Let me be the first here to wish you and hubby a Happy 17th Anniversary!
:) Leigh

It's Just Me ~ Katie! said...

Beautiful ~ Thank you for sharing and Psssttt... Happy Anniversary Sunday. Take care of you and yours,

Lisa said...

Wishing you a wonderful anniversary in advance.

That is a lovely sonnet, you are truly Blessed to have found this kind of love.

garnett109 said...

Happy anniversary

Bill said...

One of my favorite authors. Thanks for reminding me. My Regards, Bill

Coelha :B said...

Aww..that is a sweet sonnet. 17 years is a lot to celebrate! I hope you have something great planned! Julie

Stuart said...

Lovely really lovely.
35+ years and counting for me

Chris/cacklinrosie101 said...

Beautiful, Dawn! Funny how sonnets come to life and mean so much more when you've lived it. Congratulations to you and hubby! A successful marriage is lots of hard work and compromise. LOL and you picked a great date to get married. BIG Hugs

swmpgrly said...

Have a great anniversary

Marty said...

Hi Dawn,
This is one of my favorites, too. Shakespeare bares his soul here ... and it's as meaningful today as it was when he wrote it. Happy Anniversary!

Beth said...

Happy Anniversary a little early, Dawn! That is such a beautiful sonnet. A lovely reminder of the magic of's a song without a melody.

ELLIE said...

what a beautiful sonnet - it rings so true!!!
happy anniversary!!!
many blessings!!

Gillie said...

Here's to the next 17 years!!

DB said...

A beautiful sonnet which I have also loved for many years. It was the first Shakespeare sonnet I memorized.

Happy anniversary. DB

erarein63 said...

Love Shakespear! Great sonnet, thanks for sharing. And congratulations on 17 years!!! Happy Anniversary. De :)

Saltydawg said...

Dearest Dawn and hubby, Happy Anniversary this weekend.
Gaz xxxx

David said...

Wonderful words. I wish I could have met the two of you last year while I was surveying around NJ.
Happy anniversary.

a corgi said...

happy anniversary!!! beautiful words :)


Jimmy's Journal said...

Happy 17th anniversary. It's funny, I know you leave your playlist off and today I clicked it on at random and guess who came up? Ozzy Osbourne...bit of a rocker, are we?


Diama ~*a.k.a*~ Cherry said...

i never liked those dumb stories we had to read in english.

Cathy said...

Hope your anniversary was all you dreamed. I loved reading this sonnet which always made an impression with the "love alters not" sentiment. Beautiful.

Indigo said...

The words still hold beauty and ring so true! Happy Anniversary to two very lucky individuals, who know the true meaning of love! (Hugs)Indigo

Lori said...

That is a beautiful sonnet. (And one of my favorite authors used two phrases -- Time's Fool and Love Alters Not -- as titles of two of her many novels.) Thank you for sharing.