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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 2 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 2

Shakespeare's Sonnet 2


  1    When forty winters shall besiege thy brow,
  2    And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
  3    Thy youth's proud livery, so gaz'd on now,
  4    Will be a totter'd weed of small worth held:
  5    Then being ask'd, where all thy beauty lies,
  6    Where all the treasure of thy lusty days,
  7    To say, within thine own deep-sunken eyes
  8    Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.
  9    How much more praise deserv'd thy beauty's use,
 10    If thou couldst answer, "This fair child of mine
 11    Shall sum my count, and make my old excuse,"
 12    Proving his beauty by succession thine.
 13      This were to be new made when thou art old,
 14      And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.
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"When forty winters shall besiege thy brow . . ."

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