lovely! pandora lives in cambridge, and has a history with sonnet 115 — it was a part of her wedding ceremony! how amazing is that — having shakespeare present at such an important moment — it’s a real treat that she revisited it for all of us today…carrying over the din of the espresso machine behind her!
thank you pandora, for the beautiful reading and the wonderful history behind it!
all right everyone — now go read it to your lovers!
Those lines that I before have writ do lie,
Even those that said I could not love you dearer:
Yet then my judgment knew no reason why
My most full flame should afterwards burn clearer.
But reckoning time, whose million’d accidents
Creep in ‘twixt vows and change decrees of kings,
Tan sacred beauty, blunt the sharp’st intents,
Divert strong minds to the course of altering things;
Alas, why, fearing of time’s tyranny,
Might I not then say ‘Now I love you best,’
When I was certain o’er incertainty,
Crowning the present, doubting of the rest?
Love is a babe; then might I not say so,
To give full growth to that which still doth grow?