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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 76 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 76

Shakespeare's Sonnet 76


  1    Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
  2    So far from variation or quick change?
  3    Why with the time do I not glance aside
  4    To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
  5    Why write I still all one, ever the same,
  6    And keep invention in a noted weed,
  7    That every word doth almost tell my name,
  8    Showing their birth and where they did proceed?
  9    O, know, sweet love, I always write of you,
 10    And you and love are still my argument;
 11    So all my best is dressing old words new,
 12    Spending again what is already spent:
 13      For as the sun is daily new and old,
 14      So is my love still telling what is told.

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