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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 139 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 139

Shakespeare's Sonnet 139


  1    O, call not me to justify the wrong
  2    That thy unkindness lays upon my heart;
  3    Wound me not with thine eye but with thy tongue;
  4    Use power with power, and slay me not by art.
  5    Tell me thou lov'st elsewhere, but in my sight,
  6    Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside;
  7    What need'st thou wound with cunning when thy might
  8    Is more than my o'er-press'd defense can bide?
  9    Let me excuse thee: ah! my love well knows
 10    Her pretty looks have been mine enemies,
 11    And therefore from my face she turns my foes,
 12    That they elsewhere might dart their injuries:
 13      Yet do not so, but since I am near slain,
 14      Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain.

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