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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 144 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 144

Shakespeare's Sonnet 144


  1    Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
  2    Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
  3    The better angel is a man right fair,
  4    The worser spirit a woman colour'd ill.
  5    To win me soon to hell, my female evil
  6    Tempteth my better angel from my side,
  7    And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
  8    Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
  9    And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend
 10    Suspect I may, but not directly tell,
 11    But being both from me, both to each friend,
 12    I guess one angel in another's hell.
 13      Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
 14      Till my bad angel fire my good one out.

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