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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 56 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 56

Shakespeare's Sonnet 56


  1    Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
  2    Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
  3    Which but today by feeding is allay'd
  4    Tomorrow sharp'ned in his former might:
  5    So, love, be thou; although today thou fill
  6    Thy hungry eyes even till they wink with fullness
  7    Tomorrow see again, and do not kill
  8    The spirit of love with a perpetual dullness.
  9    Let this sad int'rim like the ocean be
 10    Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
 11    Come daily to the banks, that, when they see
 12    Return of love, more blest may be the view;
 13      Else call it winter, which being full of care
 14      Makes summer's welcome thrice more wish'd, more rare.

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