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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 81 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 81

Shakespeare's Sonnet 81


  1    Or I shall live your epitaph to make,
  2    Or you survive when I in earth am rotten;
  3    From hence your memory death cannot take,
  4    Although in me each part will be forgotten.
  5    Your name from hence immortal life shall have,
  6    Though I, once gone, to all the world must die:
  7    The earth can yield me but a common grave,
  8    When you entombed in men's eyes shall lie.
  9    Your monument shall be my gentle verse,
 10    Which eyes not yet created shall o'er-read,
 11    And tongues to be your being shall rehearse
 12    When all the breathers of this world are dead;
 13      You still shall live—such virtue hath my pen—
 14      Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men.

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