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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 96 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 96

Shakespeare's Sonnet 96


  1    Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
  2    Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
  3    Both grace and faults are lov'd of more and less;
  4    Thou mak'st faults graces that to thee resort.
  5    As on the finger of a throned queen
  6    The basest jewel will be well esteem'd
  7    So are those errors that in thee are seen
  8    To truths translated and for true things deem'd.
  9    How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
 10    If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
 11    How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
 12    If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
 13      But do not so; I love thee in such sort
 14      As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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