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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 35 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 35

Shakespeare's Sonnet 35


  1    No more be griev'd at that which thou hast done:
  2    Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
  3    Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
  4    And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.
  5    All men make faults, and even I in this,
  6    Authorizing thy trespass with compare,
  7    Myself corrupting, salving thy amiss,
  8    Excusing thy sins more than thy sins are;
  9    For to thy sensual fault I bring in sense — 
 10    Thy adverse party is thy advocate — 
 11    And 'gainst myself a lawful plea commence:
 12    Such civil war is in my love and hate
 13      That I an accessary needs must be
 14      To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me.
"loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud"

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