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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 143 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 143

Shakespeare's Sonnet 143


  1    Lo! as a careful huswife runs to catch
  2    One of her feathered creatures broke away,
  3    Sets down her babe and makes all swift dispatch
  4    In pursuit of the thing she would have stay,
  5    Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase,
  6    Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent
  7    To follow that which flies before her face,
  8    Not prizing her poor infant's discontent;
  9    So run'st thou after that which flies from thee,
 10    Whilst I, thy babe, chase thee afar behind;
 11    But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me,
 12    And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind:
 13      So will I pray that thou mayst have thy Will,
 14      If thou turn back, and my loud crying still.

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