“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
— William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
(Photo: “Shakespeare’s Garden” in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco; Juliette Tang Photography).
If you haven’t watched the British TV series, The Darling Buds of May, I highly recommend it. It features a very young Catherine Zeta-Jones but the entire cast is exemplary. Summer’s Lease is the title of good novel by Sir John Mortimer, of Rumpole of the Bailey fame. Shakespeare is everywhere. Isn’t that wonderful?