Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sonnet VII (7)

Lo! in the orient when the gracious light 
Lifts up his burning head, each under eye 
Doth homage to his new-appearing sight, 
Serving with looks his sacred majesty; 
And having climb'd the steep-up heavenly hill,
Resembling strong youth in his middle age, 
yet mortal looks adore his beauty still, 
Attending on his golden pilgrimage; 
But when from high-most pitch, with weary car,
Like feeble age, he reeleth from the day, 
The eyes, 'fore duteous, now converted are 
From his low tract and look another way: 
    So thou, thyself outgoing in thy noon, 
    Unlook'd on diest, unless thou get a son.

orient (1): the east
gracious (1): benevolent.
each under eye (2): the eyes of all those beneath him.
high-most pitch): highest elevation.
car (9): chariot. (9
reeleth from the day (10): plunges downward.
converted (11): turned away.
tract (12): course.
out-going...noon (13): i.e. passing beyond your prime. 

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