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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 38 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 38

Shakespeare's Sonnet 38


  1    How can my Muse want subject to invent,
  2    While thou dost breathe, that pour'st into my verse
  3    Thine own sweet argument, too excellent
  4    For every vulgar paper to rehearse?
  5    O, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me
  6    Worthy perusal stand against thy sight;
  7    For who's so dumb that cannot write to thee,
  8    When thou thyself dost give invention light?
  9    Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth
 10    Than those old nine which rhymers invocate;
 11    And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth
 12    Eternal numbers to outlive long date.
 13      If my slight Muse do please these curious days,
 14      The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.

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