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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 52 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 52

Shakespeare's Sonnet 52

  1    So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
  2    Can bring him to his sweet up-locked treasure,
  3    The which he will not every hour survey,
  4    For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.
  5    Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
  6    Since, seldom coming, in the long year set,
  7    Like stones of worth they thinly placed are,
  8    Or captain jewels in the carcanet.
  9    So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
 10    Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,
 11    To make some special instant special blest,
 12    By new unfolding his imprison'd pride.
 13      Blessed are you, whose worthiness gives scope,
 14      Being had, to triumph, being lack'd, to hope.

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