Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare.
Sonnet 116 is one of Shakespeare’s most famous love sonnets. It is about love in its most ideal form. It posits that love cannot be true if it changes for any reason, that true love should be constant, through any difficulties. Sonnet 116 was first published in 1609. Its structure and form are a typical example of the Shakespearean sonnet.
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand’ring bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me prov’d,
I never writ, nor no man ever lov’d.