A line-by-line translation

Shakespeare's Sonnets

A line-by-line translation

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 37

Line Map Clear Line Map Add

As a decrepit father takes delight To see his active child do deeds of youth, So I, made lame by fortune’s dearest spite, Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth. For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit, Or any of these all, or all, or more, Entitled in thy parts do crownèd sit, I make my love engrafted to this store. So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised, Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give That I in thy abundance am sufficed, And by a part of all thy glory live. Look what is best, that best I wish in thee. This wish I have; then ten times happy me.

As a feeble old father is happy
To see his active child do youthful things,
I too, disabled by the most severe spite of fortune,
Take all my comfort from your worth and truth.
Regardless of whether beauty, class, money, or cleverness,
Any one of these, or all of them, or other things,
Are the king of your qualities,
I graft my love onto your store of virtues.
So then I am not lame, poor, or hated,
While your image enriches me so much
So that I am satisfied by your richness,
And can live off just a part of your glory.
Whatever is best, I wish that you can possess it.
This is my wish. Its fulfillment makes me ten times happier.

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 987 LitCharts Lit Guides
  • Explanations and citation info for 22,519 quotes covering 987 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.