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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.

Notes for Shakespeare's Sonnet 118


1-3. Like as . . . As: As . . . So

2. eager: sharp; bitter; appetizing.

4. We sicken to shun sickness: i.e., To shun sickness, we sicken.   purge: to take a cathartic.

6. To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding: i.e., I sought to feed on bitter sauces.

7. sick of welfare: gorged with happiness.   meetness: fitness, suitability; appropriateness.

8. ere: before.

11. brought to medicine: prescribed drugs for.

12. rank of goodness: sick with good health.   would by ill be cured: intended to be cured by illness.

14. sick of you: i.e., sick in love with you.