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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 127 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 127

Shakespeare's Sonnet 127

  1    In the old age black was not counted fair,
  2    Or if it were, it bore not beauty's name;
  3    But now is black beauty's successive heir,
  4    And beauty slander'd with a bastard shame:
  5    For since each hand hath put on nature's power,
  6    Fairing the foul with art's false borrow'd face,
  7    Sweet beauty hath no name, no holy bower,
  8    But is profaned, if not lives in disgrace.
  9    Therefore my mistress' eyes are raven black,
 10    Her eyes so suited, and they mourners seem
 11    At such who, not born fair, no beauty lack,
 12    Slandering creation with a false esteem:
 13      Yet so they mourn, becoming of their woe,
 14      That every tongue says beauty should look so.

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