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Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- 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 12 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 12

Shakespeare's Sonnet 12


  1    When I do count the clock that tells the time,
  2    And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
  3    When I behold the violet past prime,
  4    And sable curls all silver'd o'er with white;
  5    When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
  6    Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
  7    And summer's green all girded up in sheaves
  8    Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
  9    Then of thy beauty do I question make,
 10    That thou among the wastes of time must go,
 11    Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
 12    And die as fast as they see others grow;
 13      And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
 14      Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

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