List of Shakespeare Sonnets

This is a complete list of Shakespearean sonnets, with both the number and opening line of each included. Click on the individual number to link to a transcript of the sonnet in its entirety (minus some of the rather curious spellings and punctuation of the late 16th and early 17th centuries!).

Sonnet 1 - From fairest creatures we desire increase

Sonnet 2 - When forty winters shall besiege thy brow

Sonnet 3 - Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest

Sonnet 4 - Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend

Sonnet 5 - Those hours, that with gentle work did frame

Sonnet 6 - Then let not winter's ragged hand deface

Sonnet 7 - Lo! in the orient when the gracious light

Sonnet 8 - Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?

Sonnet 9 - Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye

Sonnet 10 - For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any

Sonnet 11 - As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st

Sonnet 12 - When I do count the clock that tells the time

Sonnet 13 - O! that you were yourself; but, love you are

Sonnet 14 - Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck

Sonnet 15 - When I consider every thing that grows

Sonnet 16 - But wherefore do not you a mightier way

Sonnet 17 - Who will believe my verse in time to come

Sonnet 18 - Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Sonnet 19 - Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws

Sonnet 20 - A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted

Sonnet 21 - So is it not with me as with that Muse

Sonnet 22 - My glass shall not persuade me I am old

Sonnet 23 - As an unperfect actor on the stage

Sonnet 24 - Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd

Sonnet 25 - Let those who are in favour with their stars

Sonnet 26 - Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage

Sonnet 27 - Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed

Sonnet 28 - How can I then return in happy plight

Sonnet 29 - When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes

Sonnet 30 - When to the sessions of sweet silent thought

Sonnet 31 - Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts

Sonnet 32 - If thou survive my well-contented day

Sonnet 33 - Full many a glorious morning have I seen

Sonnet 34 - Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day

Sonnet 35 - No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done

Sonnet 36 - Let me confess that we two must be twain

Sonnet 37 - As a decrepit father takes delight

Sonnet 38 - How can my Muse want subject to invent

Sonnet 39 - O! how thy worth with manners may I sing

Sonnet 40 - Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all

Sonnet 41 - Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits

Sonnet 42 - That thou hast her, it is not all my grief

Sonnet 43 - When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see

Sonnet 44 - If the dull substance of my flesh were thought

Sonnet 45 - The other two, slight air and purging fire

Sonnet 46 - Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war

Sonnet 47 - Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took

Sonnet 48 - How careful was I when I took my way

Sonnet 49 - Against that time, if ever that time come

Sonnet 50 - How heavy do I journey on the way

Sonnet 51 - Thus can my love excuse the slow offence

Sonnet 52 - So am I as the rich, whose blessed key

Sonnet 53 - What is your substance, whereof are you made

Sonnet 54 - O! how much more doth beauty beauteous seem

Sonnet 55 - Not marble, nor the gilded monuments

Sonnet 56 - Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said

Sonnet 57 - Being your slave, what should I do but tend

Sonnet 58 - That god forbid that made me first your slave

Sonnet 59 - If there be nothing new, but that which is

Sonnet 60 - Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore

Sonnet 61 - Is it thy will thy image should keep open

Sonnet 62 - Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye

Sonnet 63 - Against my love shall be, as I am now

Sonnet 64 - When I have seen by Time's fell hand defac'd

Sonnet 65 - Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea

Sonnet 66 - Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry

Sonnet 67 - Ah! wherefore with infection should he live

Sonnet 68 - Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn

Sonnet 69 - Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view

Sonnet 70 - That thou art blam'd shall not be thy defect

Sonnet 71 - No longer mourn for me when I am dead

Sonnet 72 - O! lest the world should task you to recite

Sonnet 73 - That time of year thou mayst in me behold

Sonnet 74 - But be contented: when that fell arrest

Sonnet 75 - So are you to my thoughts as food to life

Sonnet 76 - Why is my verse so barren of new pride

Sonnet 77 - Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear

Sonnet 78 - So oft have I invok'd thee for my Muse

Sonnet 79 - Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid

Sonnet 80 - O! how I faint when I of you do write

Sonnet 81 - Or I shall live your epitaph to make

Sonnet 82 - I grant thou wert not married to my Muse

Sonnet 83 - I never saw that you did painting need

Sonnet 84 - Who is it that says most? which can say more

Sonnet 85 - My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still

Sonnet 86 - Was it the proud full sail of his great verse

Sonnet 87 - Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing

Sonnet 88 - When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light

Sonnet 89 - Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault

Sonnet 90 - Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now

Sonnet 91 - Some glory in their birth, some in their skill

Sonnet 92 - But do thy worst to steal thyself away

Sonnet 93 - So shall I live, supposing thou art true

Sonnet 94 - They that have power to hurt and will do none

Sonnet 95 - How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame

Sonnet 96 - Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness

Sonnet 97 - How like a winter hath my absence been

Sonnet 98 - From you have I been absent in the spring

Sonnet 99 - The forward violet thus did I chide

Sonnet 100 - Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long

Sonnet 101 - O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends

Sonnet 102 - My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming

Sonnet 103 - Alack! what poverty my Muse brings forth

Sonnet 104 - To me, fair friend, you never can be old

Sonnet 105 - Let not my love be call'd idolatry

Sonnet 106 - When in the chronicle of wasted time

Sonnet 107 - Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul

Sonnet 108 - What 's in the brain, that ink may character

Sonnet 109 - O! never say that I was false of heart

Sonnet 110 - Alas! 'tis true I have gone here and there

Sonnet 111 - O! for my sake do you with Fortune chide

Sonnet 112 - Your love and pity doth the impression fill

Sonnet 113 - Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind

Sonnet 114 - Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you

Sonnet 115 - Those lines that I before have writ do lie

Sonnet 116 - Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Sonnet 117 - Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all

Sonnet 118 - Like as, to make our appetites more keen

Sonnet 119 - What potions have I drunk of Siren tears

Sonnet 120 - That you were once unkind befriends me now

Sonnet 121 -'Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd

Sonnet 122 - Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain

Sonnet 123 - No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change

Sonnet 124 - If my dear love were but the child of state

Sonnet 125 - Were 't aught to me I bore the canopy

Sonnet 126 - O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power

Sonnet 127 - In the old age black was not counted fair

Sonnet 128 - How oft when thou, my music, music play'st

Sonnet 129 - The expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Sonnet 130 - My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun

Sonnet 131 - Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art

Sonnet 132 - Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me

Sonnet 133 - Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan

Sonnet 134 - So, now I have confess'd that he is thine

Sonnet 135 - Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will

Sonnet 136 - If thy soul check thee that I come so near

Sonnet 137 - Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes

Sonnet 138 - When my love swears that she is made of truth

Sonnet 139 - O! call not me to justify the wrong

Sonnet 140 - Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press

Sonnet 141 - In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes

Sonnet 142 - Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate

Sonnet 143 - Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch

Sonnet 144 - Two loves I have of comfort and despair

Sonnet 145 - Those lips that Love's own hand did make

Sonnet 146 - Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth

Sonnet 147 - My love is as a fever, longing still

Sonnet 148 - O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head

Sonnet 149 - Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not

Sonnet 150 - O! from what power hast thou this powerful might

Sonnet 151 - Love is too young to know what conscience is

Sonnet 152 - In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn

Sonnet 153 - Cupid laid by his brand and fell asleep

Sonnet 154 - The little Love-god lying once asleep

To view a copy containing the original orthography and punctuation of the 1609 edition, see the 1870 reprinted edition published by John Russell Smith of 36 Soho Square, London, available on Google Books. You might also find our collection of facts about William Shakespeare's sonnets interesting.


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