Unthrifty loveliness why dost thou spend,
Upon thy self thy beauty’s legacy?
Nature’s bequest gives nothing but doth lend,
And being frank she lends to those are free:
Then beauteous niggard why dost thou abuse,
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thy self alone,
Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive,
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
Which used lives th’ executor to be.
It is a typical poem on selfishness. Unthrifty loveliness sometimes is misunderstood, manipulated and taken for granted. People underestimate the real love. They don’t really love those who really love them. What is the use of great a sum of sums if one cannot live peacefully? But the ‘unused beauty would die with you. A selfish person would die miserable. The selfish man has only traffic to himself. And such lives are doomed for the real nature of us is to be altruistic and charitable. However, beware of the deceiving nature of this world. Be cautious.