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    William Shakespeare - Sonnet 116 - Judi Dench

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    Dame Judi Dench reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 - Artists of all kinds came together at the Royal Academy on 23 May 2012 for a party with Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee. It was intended to mark the contribution of the creative arts in Britain in the last 60 years.

    At the event Dame Judi remarked to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme's presenter James Naughtie that she liked to read a Shakespeare sonnet every day, so he asked her to recite just one. She obliged with Shakespeare's sonnet 116 which she recited from memory:

    Sonnet 116
    by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    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-fixèd 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 ev'n to the edge of doom.
    If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.