- 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: 128
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 98. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved April 20, 2014, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 98." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. April 20, 2014.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 98," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed April 20, 2014,.
From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April (dressed in all his trim)
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing:
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell:
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew:
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose,
They were but sweet, but figures of delight:
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.