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-- 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 80 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 80

Shakespeare's Sonnet 80


  1    O, how I faint when I of you do write ,
  2    Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
  3    And in the praise thereof spends all his might,
  4    To make me tongue-tied, speaking of your fame!
  5    But since your worth, wide as the ocean is,
  6    The humble as the proudest sail doth bear,
  7    My saucy bark inferior far to his
  8    On your broad main doth wilfully appear.
  9    Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat,
 10    Whilst he upon your soundless deep doth ride;
 11    Or being wrack'd, I am a worthless boat,
 12    He of tall building and of goodly pride:
 13      Then if he thrive and I be cast away,
 14      The worst was this; my love was my decay.

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