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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 121 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 121

Shakespeare's Sonnet 121


  1    'Tis better to be vile than vile esteemed,
  2    When not to be receives reproach of being,
  3    And the just pleasure lost, which is so deemed
  4    Not by our feeling, but by others' seeing:
  5    For why should others' false adulterate eyes
  6    Give salutation to my sportive blood?
  7    Or on my frailties why are frailer spies,
  8    Which in their wills count bad what I think good?
  9    No, I am that I am, and they that level
 10    At my abuses reckon up their own;
 11    I may be straight, though they themselves be bevel;
 12    By their rank thoughts my deeds must not be shown,
 13      Unless this general evil they maintain:
 14      All men are bad, and in their badness reign.

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