Sonnet XV – Edmund Spenser

YE tradefull Merchants that with weary toyle, 

do seeke most pretious things to make your gain: 

and both the Indias of their treasures spoile, 

what needeth you to seeke so farre in vaine? 

For loe my loue doth in her selfe containe 

all this worlds riches that may farre be found, 

if Saphyres, loe her eies be Saphyres plaine, 

if Rubies, loe hir lips be Rubies found: 

If Pearles, hir teeth be pearles both pure and round; 

if Yuorie, her forhead yuory weene; 

if Gold, her locks are finest gold on ground; 

if siluer, her faire hands are siluer sheene, 

But that which fairest is, but few behold, 

her mind adornd with vertues manifold.

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When I Consider Everything That Grows – William Shakespeare

Sonnet Xv:

When I consider everything that grows 

Holds in perfection but a little moment, 

That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows 

Whereon the stars in secret influence comment; 

When I perceive that men as plants increase, 

Cheered and check’d even by the selfsame sky, 

Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease, 

And wear their brave state out of memory; 

Then the conceit of this inconstant stay 

Sets you most rich in youth before my sight, 

Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay 

To change your day of youth to sullied night; 

And all in war with Time for love of you, 

As he takes from you, I engraft you new.