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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 87 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 87

Shakespeare's Sonnet 87


  1    Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,
  2    And like enough thou know'st thy estimate:
  3    The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
  4    My bonds in thee are all determinate.
  5    For how do I hold thee but by thy granting?
  6    And for that riches where is my deserving?
  7    The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
  8    And so my patent back again is swerving.
  9    Thyself thou gav'st, thy own worth then not knowing,
 10    Or me, to whom thou gav'st it, else mistaking;
 11    So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
 12    Comes home again, on better judgment making.
 13      Thus have I had thee, as a dream doth flatter,
 14      In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.

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