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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 21 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 21

Shakespeare's Sonnet 21


  1    So is it not with me as with that Muse
  2    Stirr'd by a painted beauty to his verse,
  3    Who heaven itself for ornament doth use
  4    And every fair with his fair doth rehearse,
  5    Making a couplement of proud compare,
  6    With sun and moon, with earth and sea's rich gems,
  7    With April's first-born flowers, and all things rare
  8    That heaven's air in this huge rondure hems.
  9    O, let me, true in love, but truly write,
 10    And then believe me, my love is as fair
 11    As any mother's child, though not so bright
 12    As those gold candles fix'd in heaven's air:
 13      Let them say more than like of hearsay well;
 14      I will not praise that purpose not to sell.
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"painted beauty"

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