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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 78 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 78

Shakespeare's Sonnet 78


  1    So oft have I invok'd thee for my Muse
  2    And found such fair assistance in my verse
  3    As every alien pen hath got my use
  4    And under thee their poesy disperse.
  5    Thine eyes that taught the dumb on high to sing
  6    And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
  7    Have added feathers to the learned's wing
  8    And given grace a double majesty.
  9    Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
 10    Whose influence is thine and born of thee:
 11    In others' works thou dost but mend the style,
 12    And arts with thy sweet graces graced be;
 13      But thou art all my art and dost advance
 14      As high as learning my rude ignorance.

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