Lyrics to Sonnet 18

Lyrics to the song Sonnet 18 as recorded by Bryan Ferry.


Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May
And summer's lease hath all too short a date

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd
And every fair from fair sometime declines
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd

But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade
When in eternal lines to time thou growest

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see
So long lives this and this gives life to thee

Sonnet 18

Album Track

Words from Shakespeare with the music arranged by Michael Kamen.

Bryan Ferry recorded this track with Michael Kamen as part of a project he was doing with the works of William Shakespeare. (When Love Speaks) Included in the project were several artists including Annie Lennox & Diana Rigg

Bryan first released this song on the Diana tribute album released after the death of Diana Princess Of Wales in 1997.

Bryan appeared as a special guest at a show in Poland done by Michael Kamen where Bryan appeared with his orchestra to perform this song live in early 1999.

Song Musicians

Sonnet 18 is on the following Roxy Music and Solo Albums