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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 23 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 23

Shakespeare's Sonnet 23


  1    As an unperfect actor on the stage
  2    Who with his fear is put besides his part,
  3    Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
  4    Whose strength's abundance weakens his own heart,
  5    So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
  6    The perfect ceremony of love's rite,
  7    And in mine own love's strength seem to decay,
  8    O'ercharged with burden of mine own love's might.
  9    O, let my books be then the eloquence
 10    And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
 11    Who plead for love and look for recompense
 12    More than that tongue that more hath more express'd.
 13      O, learn to read what silent love hath writ:
 14      To hear with eyes belongs to love's fine wit.
Recommended: Reading by Sam Burns

"O, learn to read what silent love hath writ"

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