Sonnet 116 Love Quotes
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Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come (9-10)
Time (a.k.a. mortality) doesn’t command love, the way a king might command a court jester; instead, love is always more powerful, even though time takes its toll on physical appearance.
Love alters not with [Time’s] brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom. (11-12)
Again, the poet reiterates that the passing of time doesn’t change love, which is eternal. In comparison to the eternal nature of love, Time seems irrelevant and weak.