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Remembrance of Things Past

Posted in The Sonnets with tags , on 2010/02/24 by mattermind

I jolted upright at Sonnet #30, thrilling at the connection between Shakespeare and Proust. I’d like to think that I knew about it previously, but if I did, I had forgotten:

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time’s waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death’s dateless night,
And weep afresh love’s long since cancell’d woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish’d sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o’er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor’d and sorrows end.