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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 34 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 34

Shakespeare's Sonnet 34


  1    Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day,
  2    And make me travel forth without my cloak,
  3    To let base clouds o'ertake me in my way,
  4    Hiding thy bravery in their rotten smoke?
  5    'Tis not enough that through the cloud thou break,
  6    To dry the rain on my storm-beaten face,
  7    For no man well of such a salve can speak
  8    That heals the wound and cures not the disgrace:
  9    Nor can thy shame give physic to my grief;
 10    Though thou repent, yet I have still the loss:
 11    The offender's sorrow lends but weak relief
 12    To him that bears the strong offence's cross.
 13      Ah! but those tears are pearl which thy love sheeds,
 14      And they are rich and ransom all ill deeds.
"those tears are pearl which thy love sheeds"

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