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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 19 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 19

Shakespeare's Sonnet 19


  1    Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
  2    And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
  3    Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
  4    And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;
  5    Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
  6    And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
  7    To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
  8    But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:
  9    O, carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow,
 10    Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
 11    Him in thy course untainted do allow
 12    For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
 13      Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
 14      My love shall in my verse ever live young.
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"burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood"

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