“Sonnet 25: Let those who are in favour with their stars” by William Shakespeare

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Let those who are in favour with their stars
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook’d for joy in that I honour most.
Great princes’ favourites their fair leaves spread
But as the marigold at the sun’s eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown they in their glory die.
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foil’d,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the rest forgot for which he toil’d:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved
Where I may not remove nor be removed.

I love this sonnet, and it is totally relevant to our modern society. The poem has such a profound message we know is true, yet somehow we forget.

Everyone knows that fame, fortune, and glory do not bring a person happiness. These…

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