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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 94


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.