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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 129 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 129

Shakespeare's Sonnet 129


  1    Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
  2    Is lust in action; and till action, lust
  3    Is perjur'd, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
  4    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
  5    Enjoy'd no sooner but despised straight,
  6    Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,
  7    Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait
  8    On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
  9    Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
 10    Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme,
 11    A bliss in proof, and prov'd, a very woe;
 12    Before, a joy propos'd; behind, a dream.
 13      All this the world well knows, yet none knows well
 14      To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

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