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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 140 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 140

Shakespeare's Sonnet 140


  1    Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
  2    My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain,
  3    Lest sorrow lend me words, and words express
  4    The manner of my pity-wanting pain.
  5    If I might teach thee wit, better it were,
  6    Though not to love, yet, love, to tell me so,
  7    As testy sick men, when their deaths be near,
  8    No news but health from their physicians know;
  9    For if I should despair, I should grow mad,
 10    And in my madness might speak ill of thee;
 11    Now this ill-wresting world is grown so bad,
 12    Mad slanderers by mad ears believed be.
 13      That I may not be so, nor thou belied,
 14      Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go wide.

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