Sonnet 70

True beauty is not just an outward light
But often more the light that shines within;
The outward beckons moths in mindless flight,
The inward, gives the butterfly sojourn;
For outward beauty’s but a lustrous sheen
Whose glaze may yet conceal a darker heart;
And lack of luster may the converse bring
And shadow light the inward may impart.
Bright beacons can confound both moths and men
Oft leading promised pilgrimage to doom;
But from the meekest butterfly we learn,
The brighter light may burn in simple bloom;
For beauty is not always as it seems,
And dark may lurk beneath what beauty gleams.

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Sonnet 69

Yes, those who read this verse in times to come
May doubt the truths that I have praised in pen;
Yet could they spend one minute of time’s sum
In your sweet grace, all doubt they would suspend.
Though many speak of Helen and that face,
Yet few can tell the color of her hair;
And who recalls Cornelia and her grace,
With female virtues sure beyond compare?
True beauty is much like the rarest flower
Whose lease of heaven is both short and sure;
Yet picked and dried she loses all her power
And dies a death no physic can yet cure;
But in this song that I shall sing to men,
Your truths abide; your beauty lives again.

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Sonnet 68

In my mind you will ever remain young
As to that memory when first gazes lock;
I look through you at where we two began
As to the cover of a favored book.
Time cannot mute the colors of the light
That shone forth from a heart arresting smile,
And though some claim my eyes were blinded quite,
I do protest; conceding love beguiles.
Love’s golden book is but a storied verse
That melds two lover’s tales within a rhyme;
Sweet strains of life no mortals can rehearse,
Both truth and myth played out in precious time.
Although the story’s end is yet untold,
You stay a mistress young, and never old.

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Sonnet 67

The tyranny of time shall not prevail,
For in these lines your beauty shall live young.
Time’s jealousy shrouds beauty in his veil;
Worn tattered vestment, proving youth undone;
For Time himself cannot but ever age
And covet that which he can never hold,
But in these words his spoil is here forbade;
In living ink, your glory here retold.
As long as men can read and words avow;
As long as beauty’s grace remains esteemed;
As long as thought transcends the here and now,
So shall your visage live, and be redeemed.
In stalwart lines your beauty shall live on,
And mock his might ’til human hearts are gone.

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