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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 65 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 65

Shakespeare's Sonnet 65


  1    Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
  2    But sad mortality o'er-sways their power,
  3    How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,
  4    Whose action is no stronger than a flower?
  5    O, how shall summer's honey breath hold out
  6    Against the wrackful siege of batt'ring days,
  7    When rocks impregnable are not so stout,
  8    Nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays?
  9    O fearful meditation! where, alack,
 10    Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid?
 11    Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
 12    Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
 13      O, none, unless this miracle have might,
 14      That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

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