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Sonnet 30

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A. L. Rowse in his Shakespeare's Sonnets writes:  The second line of this sonnet achieved world-wide circulation in literature of the 20th Century, with its concern with time.  It was taken as epigraph by Marcel Proust for the greatest of all modern novels A la Recherche du Temps Perdu.

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.

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