“My glass shall not persuade me I am old
As long as youth and thou are of one date.”
Comments. Isn’t it true that we can see youth reflected back, at least virtually or in imagination? The idea could not be said better than with these lines.
Tips for Use. Answer to “How old are you?” when you intend to deflect the question. Turn the situation around and make it an occasion for a compliment, how young she is or how young she looks.
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In the Sonnet. Sonnet 22 is a meditation on mortality, but the lines quotes infuse a dram of optimism into otherwise gloomy thoughts.