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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 99 in the Table of Contents Notes for Sonnet 99

Shakespeare's Sonnet 99


  1    The forward violet thus did I chide:
  2    Sweet thief, whence didst thou steal thy sweet that smells,
  3    If not from my love's breath? The purple pride
  4    Which on thy soft cheek for complexion dwells
  5    In my love's veins thou hast too grossly dy'd.
  6    The lily I condemned for thy hand,
  7    And buds of marjoram had stol'n thy hair:
  8    The roses fearfully on thorns did stand,
  9    [One] blushing shame, another white despair;
 10    A third, nor red nor white, had stol'n of both
 11    And to his robb'ry had annex'd thy breath;
 12    But for his theft in pride of all his growth
 13    A vengeful canker eat him up to death.
 14      More flowers I noted, yet I none could see
 15      But sweet or colour it had stol'n from thee.

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