A line-by-line translation

Shakespeare's Sonnets

A line-by-line translation

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 24

Line Map Clear Line Map Add

Mine eye hath played the painter and hath steeled Thy beauty’s form in table of my heart. My body is the frame wherein ’tis held, And pérspective it is best painter’s art. For through the painter must you see his skill To find where your true image pictured lies, Which in my bosom’s shop is hanging still, That hath his windows glazèd with thine eyes. Now see what good turns eyes for eyes have done: Mine eyes have drawn thy shape, and thine for me Are windows to my breast, wherethrough the sun Delights to peep, to gaze therein on thee. Yet eyes this cunning want to grace their art; They draw but what they see, know not the heart.

My eyes have acted as a painter, and have fixed
The form of your beauty in the canvas of my heart.
My body is the frame in which it is held,
And perspective is the skill of the best painter.
You have to look from his viewpoint to see his skill,
To find the picture of your true appearance,
Which is still hanging in my heart's workshop,
And your eyes have become its windows.
Now see what good favors my eyes have done yours:
My eyes have drawn your shape, and your eyes for me
Are windows into my heart
, and the sun
Enjoys peeping through, in order to see you.
But eyes lack this skill to adorn their art;
They can only draw what they see, they do not see the heart.

Sonnets
Join LitCharts A+ and get the entire Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation as a printable PDF.
LitCharts A+ members also get exclusive access to:
  • Downloadable translations of every Shakespeare play and sonnet
  • Downloads of 791 LitCharts Lit Guides
  • Explanations and citation info for 18,719 quotes covering 791 books
  • Teacher Editions for every Lit Guide
  • PDFs defining 136 key Lit Terms
Suzy kim
About the Translator: Suzy Kim

Suzy Kim is a graduate student studying Victorian literature at Brown University. She studied English and Psychology at University of Pennsylvania, and some of her creative work can be found in the upcoming volume of The Graphic Canon: Tales of Crime and Mystery Vol. 1. She is from Seoul, and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.