- 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: 111
Shakespeare, W. (1609). Sonnet 122. The Sonnets (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved May 22, 2013, from
Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 122." The Sonnets. Lit2Go Edition. 1609. Web. <>. May 22, 2013.
William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 122," The Sonnets, Lit2Go Edition, (1609), accessed May 22, 2013,.
Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Full charactered with lasting memory,
Which shall above that idle rank remain
Beyond all date even to eternity.
Or at the least, so long as brain and heart
Have faculty by nature to subsist,
Till each to razed oblivion yield his part
Of thee, thy record never can be missed:
That poor retention could not so much hold,
Nor need I tallies thy dear love to score,
Therefore to give them from me was I bold,
To trust those tables that receive thee more:
To keep an adjunct to remember thee
Were to import forgetfulness in me.