Then let not winter's ragged hand deface (Sonnet VI): Shakespeare

 Then let not winter's ragged hand deface (Sonnet VI) is an artistic sonnet by William Shakespeare. It is as follows:

Then let not winter's ragged hand deface,
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled:
Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place
With beauty's treasure ere it be self-killed.

That use is not forbidden usury,
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
That's for thy self to breed another thee,
Or ten times happier, be it ten for one;

Ten times thy self were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:
Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?

Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.

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