- Year Published: 1609
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: England
- Source: Shakespeare, W. The sonnets. In R. G. White (Ed.), The complete works of William Shakespeare. New York: Sully and Kleinteich.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 11.0
- Word Count: 119
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 78. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 31, 2015, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 78." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. January 31, 2015.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 78," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed January 31, 2015,.
So oft have I invoked thee for my muse,
And found such fair assistance in my verse,
As every alien pen hath got my use,
And under thee their poesy disperse.
Thine eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing,
And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
Have added feathers to the learned’s wing,
And given grace a double majesty.
Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
Whose influence is thine, and born of thee,
In others’ works thou dost but mend the style,
And arts with thy sweet graces graced be.
But thou art all my art, and dost advance
As high as learning, my rude ignorance.