"Sonnet 116" by William Shakespeare

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  1. impediment
    something immaterial that interferes with action or progress
    Let me not to the marriage of true minds
    Admit impediments.
  2. alter
    cause to change; make different
    Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
  3. alteration
    the act of revising
    Love is not love
    Which alters when it alteration finds,
    Or bends with the remover to remove.
  4. tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    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.
  5. bark
    the sound made by a dog
    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.
  6. rosy
    having the pinkish flush of health
    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.
  7. sickle
    an edge tool for cutting grass or crops
    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.
  8. compass
    navigational instrument for finding directions
    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.
  9. brief
    of short duration or distance
    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.
  10. doom
    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    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.
Created on August 21, 2019

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