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-- Philip Weller, November 13, 1941 - February 1, 2021
Dr. Weller, an Eastern Washington University professor of English and Shakespearean scholar for more than 50 years.

Shakespeare's Sonnets Navigator Summary of Sonnet 101 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 101

Shakespeare's Sonnet 101


  1    O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
  2    For thy neglect of truth in beauty dy'd?
  3    Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
  4    So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
  5    Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say,
  6    "Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
  7    Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
  8    But best is best, if never intermix'd"?
  9    Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
 10    Excuse not silence so; for't lies in thee
 11    To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,
 12    And to be praised of ages yet to be.
 13      Then do thy office, Muse; I teach thee how
 14      To make him seem long hence as he shows now.

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