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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 59 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 59

Shakespeare's Sonnet 59


  1    If there be nothing new, but that which is
  2    Hath been before, how are our brains beguil'd,
  3    Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
  4    The second burden of a former child!
  5    O, that record could with a backward look,
  6    Even of five hundred courses of the sun,
  7    Show me your image in some antique book,
  8    Since mind at first in character was done!
  9    That I might see what the old world could say
 10    To this composed wonder of your frame;
 11    Whether we are mended, or whe'r better they,
 12    Or whether revolution be the same.
 13      O, sure I am, the wits of former days
 14      To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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