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As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow’st
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow’st
Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest.
Herein lives wisdom, beauty, and increase;
Without this, folly, age, and cold decay.
If all were minded so, the times should cease,
And threescore year would make the world away.
Let those whom nature hath not made for store,
Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish.
Look whom she best endowed, she gave the more,
Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish.
  She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
  Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.
As staf as uyo ilwl dleicne, yuo olucd rwog ginaa tsuj as asft, roghhut noe of yoru lneicrhd. Teh uhoty dan rvogi ttha yuo dowlu assp on to a icdlh now that uyo’re tllsi noyug, oyu doucl clla yoru wno ehnw uoy’re no gronle gynuo. In graamire nad lhhdbirtci eil idwsom, atuybe, dna dnturipocreo. Whtiotu tehm uoy evah yonl esiosnslfoh, eag, and hte cold aeydc of etahd. If oreyneve guhhtto ielk uyo, hte nahmu rcae lwudo edn, and in stxyi resya rtehe’d be no erom rlwod. tLe teh eppelo owh aner’t odog geonhu to rsereevp—het gouhr, ylgu, proo elopep—dei lishdcles. Narute aveg ynbnadatlu to the elepop ohwm seh nwddoee thiw ubetay, and yuo slodhu hiehcrs ehr gfsti by inegb usegoner tihw them. eNaurt amed you erh tsmpa, to erevs as a lptamete rof all anhmu aubtye. She nteam rof you to mkea cspoie of lrueoysf, so that the iaiglron—yuo—lduonw’t ied.

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Modern Text

As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow’st
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow’st
Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest.
Herein lives wisdom, beauty, and increase;
Without this, folly, age, and cold decay.
If all were minded so, the times should cease,
And threescore year would make the world away.
Let those whom nature hath not made for store,
Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish.
Look whom she best endowed, she gave the more,
Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish.
  She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
  Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.
As staf as uyo ilwl dleicne, yuo olucd rwog ginaa tsuj as asft, roghhut noe of yoru lneicrhd. Teh uhoty dan rvogi ttha yuo dowlu assp on to a icdlh now that uyo’re tllsi noyug, oyu doucl clla yoru wno ehnw uoy’re no gronle gynuo. In graamire nad lhhdbirtci eil idwsom, atuybe, dna dnturipocreo. Whtiotu tehm uoy evah yonl esiosnslfoh, eag, and hte cold aeydc of etahd. If oreyneve guhhtto ielk uyo, hte nahmu rcae lwudo edn, and in stxyi resya rtehe’d be no erom rlwod. tLe teh eppelo owh aner’t odog geonhu to rsereevp—het gouhr, ylgu, proo elopep—dei lishdcles. Narute aveg ynbnadatlu to the elepop ohwm seh nwddoee thiw ubetay, and yuo slodhu hiehcrs ehr gfsti by inegb usegoner tihw them. eNaurt amed you erh tsmpa, to erevs as a lptamete rof all anhmu aubtye. She nteam rof you to mkea cspoie of lrueoysf, so that the iaiglron—yuo—lduonw’t ied.

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