Sonnet 55

Not marble, nor the gilded monumentsOf princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;But you shall shine more bright in these contentsThan unswept stone besmear'd with sluttish time.When wasteful war shall statues overturn,And broils root out the work of masonry,Nor Mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burnThe living record of your memory.'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmityShall you pace forth; your praise shall still find roomEven in the eyes of all posterityThat wear this world out to the ending doom. So, till the judgment that yourself arise, You live in this, and dwell in lover's eyes.
What I'm holding will last a long timeand provide you with mem'ries sublime.No, I don't mean this willy.It's much longer, really:the lasting endowment of rhyme.