Shakespeare's Sonnets (1923) Yale/Text/Sonnet 30

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When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear times' waste: 4
Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanish'd sight: 8
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before. 12
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end.

1 sessions: sittings of court
4 new wail: bewail anew
6 dateless: endless
8 expense: loss
9 grievances foregone: former griefs
10 tell: count