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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 16 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 16

Shakespeare's Sonnet 16


  1    But wherefore do not you a mightier way
  2    Make war upon this bloody tyrant, Time?
  3    And fortify yourself in your decay
  4    With means more blessed than my barren rhyme?
  5    Now stand you on the top of happy hours,
  6    And many maiden gardens yet unset
  7    With virtuous wish would bear your living flowers,
  8    Much liker than your painted counterfeit:
  9    So should the lines of life that life repair,
 10    Which this time's pencil, or my pupil pen,
 11    Neither in inward worth nor outward fair,
 12    Can make you live yourself in eyes of men.
 13      To give away yourself keeps yourself still,
 14      And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.
"tyrant . . . Time"


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