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Welcome to my web site, now under development for more than twenty years.   
-- 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 15 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 15

Shakespeare's Sonnet 15


  1    When I consider every thing that grows
  2    Holds in perfection but a little moment,
  3    That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
  4    Whereon the stars in secret influence comment;
  5    When I perceive that men as plants increase,
  6    Cheered and check'd even by the self-same sky,
  7    Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
  8    And wear their brave state out of memory;
  9    Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
 10    Sets you most rich in youth before my sight,
 11    Where wasteful Time debateth with Decay,
 12    To change your day of youth to sullied night;
 13      And all in war with Time for love of you,
 14      As he takes from you, I engraft you new.
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"the stars in secret influence comment"

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