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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 118 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 118

Shakespeare's Sonnet 118


  1    Like as to make our appetites more keen,
  2    With eager compounds we our palate urge,
  3    As to prevent our maladies unseen,
  4    We sicken to shun sickness when we purge,
  5    Even so, being full of your ne'er-cloying sweetness,
  6    To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding,
  7    And sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness
  8    To be diseas'd ere that there was true needing.
  9    Thus policy in love, t'anticipate
 10    The ills that were not, grew to faults assured
 11    And brought to medicine a healthful state
 12    Which, rank of goodness, would by ill be cured:
 13      But thence I learn, and find the lesson true,
 14      Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you.

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