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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 51 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 51

Shakespeare's Sonnet 51


  1    Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
  2    Of my dull bearer when from thee I speed:
  3    From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
  4    Till I return, of posting is no need.
  5    O, what excuse will my poor beast then find,
  6    When swift extremity can seem but slow?
  7    Then should I spur, though mounted on the wind;
  8    In winged speed no motion shall I know:
  9    Then can no horse with my desire keep pace;
 10    Therefore desire of perfect'st love being made,
 11    Shall neigh—no dull flesh—in his fiery race;
 12    But love, for love, thus shall excuse my jade;
 13      Since from thee going he went wilful-slow,
 14      Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go.
" In winged speed no motion shall I know"

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