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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 50 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 50

Shakespeare's Sonnet 50


  1    How heavy do I journey on the way,
  2    When what I seek, my weary travel's end,
  3    Doth teach that ease and that repose to say
  4    'Thus far the miles are measured from thy friend!'
  5    The beast that bears me, tired with my woe,
  6    Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me,
  7    As if by some instinct the wretch did know
  8    His rider loved not speed, being made from thee:
  9    The bloody spur cannot provoke him on
 10    That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide;
 11    Which heavily he answers with a groan,
 12    More sharp to me than spurring to his side;
 13      For that same groan doth put this in my mind;
 14      My grief lies onward and my joy behind.
"The beast that bears me, tired with my woe,
Plods dully on
"

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