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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 43 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 43

Shakespeare's Sonnet 43


  1    When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
  2    For all the day they view things unrespected;
  3    But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
  4    And darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
  5    Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
  6    How would thy shadow's form form happy show
  7    To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
  8    When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!
  9    How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
 10    By looking on thee in the living day,
 11    When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
 12    Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!
 13      All days are nights to see till I see thee,
 14      And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

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