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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 95 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 95

Shakespeare's Sonnet 95


  1    How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
  2    Which, like a canker in the fragrant rose,
  3    Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name!
  4    O, in what sweets dost thou thy sins enclose!
  5    That tongue that tells the story of thy days,
  6    Making lascivious comments on thy sport,
  7    Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise;
  8    Naming thy name blesses an ill report.
  9    O, what a mansion have those vices got
 10    Which for their habitation chose out thee,
 11    Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot,
 12    And all things turn to fair that eyes can see!
 13      Take heed, dear heart, of this large privilege;
 14      The hardest knife ill-used doth lose his edge.

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