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-- 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 32 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 32

Shakespeare's Sonnet 32


  1    If thou survive my well-contented day,
  2    When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,
  3    And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
  4    These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
  5    Compare them with the bettering of the time,
  6    And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
  7    Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
  8    Exceeded by the height of happier men.
  9    O, then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
 10    'Had my friend's Muse grown with this growing age,
 11    A dearer birth than this his love had brought
 12    To march in ranks of better equipage:
 13      But since he died and poets better prove,
 14      Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love.'
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"When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover"

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