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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 5 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 5

Shakespeare's Sonnet 5


  1    Those hours that with gentle work did frame
  2    The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell
  3    Will play the tyrants to the very same,
  4    And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
  5    For never-resting time leads summer on
  6    To hideous winter and confounds him there,
  7    Sap check'd with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
  8    Beauty o'ersnow'd and bareness every where:
  9    Then were not summer's distillation left
 10    A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
 11    Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft,
 12    Nor it nor no remembrance what it was.
 13      But flowers distill'd, though they with winter meet,
 14      Leese but their show, their substance still lives sweet.
Recommended: Reading by Jeff Leslie

"summer's distillation . . . in walls of glass"

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