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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 8 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 8

Shakespeare's Sonnet 8


  1    Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
  2    Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
  3    Why lovest thou that which thou receivest not gladly,
  4    Or else receivest with pleasure thine annoy?
  5    If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
  6    By unions married, do offend thine ear,
  7    They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
  8    In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
  9    Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
 10    Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
 11    Resembling sire and child and happy mother
 12    Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing:
 13      Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
 14      Sings this to thee: "thou single wilt prove none."

"Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering
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