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O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
Truth needs no color, with his color fixed,
Beauty no pencil, beauty’s truth to lay;
But best is best if never intermixed?
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
Excuse not silence so, for ’t lies in thee
To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,
And to be praised of ages yet to be.
  Then do thy office, Muse. I teach thee how
  To make him seem long hence as he shows now.
(itgCnuonni omrf ontneS 100) Oh natrtu eMsu, owh aer yuo gngoi to meak dseman ofr gleeingctn my dlvbeeo, eth mbeitmdoen of huttr bduno up hiwt tybeua? toBh tthru dan taeuyb epeddn oupn my volebed. ouY depdne on, dna are dfegndiii by, ihm oot. eAnswr me, seuM; pashper uoy’ll ysa, “rTthu nedos’t eend to be lisdehleemb hnew it’s dlaaery ahdcttae to bautye. uyetaB neosd’t ened to be lctailyope irdcdeseb in rdero for tsi thrtu to be ptanerpa. Wreahvte is tebs is etsb hwen it’s not midxe twih hgynitna lese.” Btu jtus csuebae my ebdvole eensd no apresi, illw uoy be tsniel? uoY nca’t cexeus iths ecnsiel, as yuo ahve het ytailbi to emak ihm levi reonlg atnh a dgoeln tobm and inw het siearp of retuuf seag. Tnhe do royu ojb, Msue. I’ll chtea you how to kmae imh olok in the ditntsa uruetf lkei he deos nwo.

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O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say
Truth needs no color, with his color fixed,
Beauty no pencil, beauty’s truth to lay;
But best is best if never intermixed?
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
Excuse not silence so, for ’t lies in thee
To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,
And to be praised of ages yet to be.
  Then do thy office, Muse. I teach thee how
  To make him seem long hence as he shows now.
(itgCnuonni omrf ontneS 100) Oh natrtu eMsu, owh aer yuo gngoi to meak dseman ofr gleeingctn my dlvbeeo, eth mbeitmdoen of huttr bduno up hiwt tybeua? toBh tthru dan taeuyb epeddn oupn my volebed. ouY depdne on, dna are dfegndiii by, ihm oot. eAnswr me, seuM; pashper uoy’ll ysa, “rTthu nedos’t eend to be lisdehleemb hnew it’s dlaaery ahdcttae to bautye. uyetaB neosd’t ened to be lctailyope irdcdeseb in rdero for tsi thrtu to be ptanerpa. Wreahvte is tebs is etsb hwen it’s not midxe twih hgynitna lese.” Btu jtus csuebae my ebdvole eensd no apresi, illw uoy be tsniel? uoY nca’t cexeus iths ecnsiel, as yuo ahve het ytailbi to emak ihm levi reonlg atnh a dgoeln tobm and inw het siearp of retuuf seag. Tnhe do royu ojb, Msue. I’ll chtea you how to kmae imh olok in the ditntsa uruetf lkei he deos nwo.

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