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Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Thou Music Sadly? - Poem by William Shakespeare

Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing;
Whose speechless song being many, seeming one,
Sings this to thee: "Thou single wilt prove none."


Comments about Sonnet 8: Music To Hear, Why Hear'st Thou Music Sadly? by William Shakespeare

  • Rookie - 99 Points Cristina Alejandra Estrella (5/1/2017 1:06:00 PM)

    ....the sound of two strings vibrating together in harmony..... so Beautiful (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 44 Points Molly Piper (11/5/2015 4:25:00 PM)

    This Is beautiful! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 529 Points Brian Jani (4/26/2014 8:29:00 AM)

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