'Sonnet XXIX' by William Shakespeare
When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,
Featur'd like him, like him with friends possessed,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet, in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee—and then my state
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven's gate:
For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Bernard Reynolds (b. 1952) is an Irish landscape painter. His painting is of the sun rising over the Loughcrew Hills near Oldcastle, County Meath.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616) was an English playright, poet and actor.