O! that you were your self; but, love, you are
Sonnet 13 is the first of Shakespeare's procreation sonnets to contain a declaration of love. Throughout this sonnet are descriptions of the winter and the death in nature that this brings. The winter images captured in Sonnet 5 and Sonnet 6 reappear in this sonnet.
Interpretation and meaning 
The first line "O! that you were your self;" means that Shakespeare wants the man he is describing to remain as he is, unchanged, not aging. The sonnet is quite philosophical in that it asks how can a person have an identity if he is constantly changing?
The third line of this sonnet "Against this coming end you should prepare" has a connotation of the Day of Jud o have children. The two lines below describe how a person's essence can be captured in their children and that by having children they would resemble their father.
- Yourself again, after yourself's decease
- When your sweet issue your sweet form
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