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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.

Notes for Shakespeare's Sonnet 94


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2. the thing they most do show: what their appearance strongly implies. —I think the poet's idea is that a beautiful person ought to have a beautiful, loving disposition.

4. cold: dispassionate.

5. rightly do inherit: i.e., make proper use of.

6. husband nature's riches from expense: keep the riches of nature (physical beauty) from wasteful expenditure or loss.

7. They are the lords and owners of their faces: i.e., they are complete masters of themselves.

10. Though to itself it only live and die: Even though it lives and dies only for itself.

12. outbraves: surpasses in splendor.   his dignity: its worth.