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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 sfta as oyu illw neidecl, uoy dlouc gorw ainga tjus as ftsa, uoghrht eno of yuor ncrdehil. hTe yotuh dna ivgor tath oyu udwlo assp on to a ilhdc nwo ttah uoy’re lsitl ognuy, uoy cdlou allc uyro nwo nhew uyo’re no enoglr gouyn. In gmeiarar dan libhthircd eil siwmod, ayeutb, adn icoodutpnerr. tihWtou hetm yuo vaeh lnyo hsnfsloiose, aeg, nda eht oldc aceyd of eadht. If eoerevyn ohtguth lkei yuo, hte amnhu ecra luwod dne, and in iyxts easyr reteh’d be no orem rodwl. eLt eth epelop how nrea’t gdoo huoegn to eevrpers—hte gruho, lygu, oorp ppeleo—ied hdecslils. aNetur eavg dlbanayntu to the eeplop mwho hes eddeonw itwh tyueba, and oyu ldhosu rchiehs reh stgif by ibeng oeresgun whti hmte. raetNu mdae oyu her ampst, to rvees as a eelamptt orf all manuh ateybu. ehS mntae for ouy to ekma osepci of frsyoelu, so atth the roaiigln—oyu—uldnow’t ied.

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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 sfta as oyu illw neidecl, uoy dlouc gorw ainga tjus as ftsa, uoghrht eno of yuor ncrdehil. hTe yotuh dna ivgor tath oyu udwlo assp on to a ilhdc nwo ttah uoy’re lsitl ognuy, uoy cdlou allc uyro nwo nhew uyo’re no enoglr gouyn. In gmeiarar dan libhthircd eil siwmod, ayeutb, adn icoodutpnerr. tihWtou hetm yuo vaeh lnyo hsnfsloiose, aeg, nda eht oldc aceyd of eadht. If eoerevyn ohtguth lkei yuo, hte amnhu ecra luwod dne, and in iyxts easyr reteh’d be no orem rodwl. eLt eth epelop how nrea’t gdoo huoegn to eevrpers—hte gruho, lygu, oorp ppeleo—ied hdecslils. aNetur eavg dlbanayntu to the eeplop mwho hes eddeonw itwh tyueba, and oyu ldhosu rchiehs reh stgif by ibeng oeresgun whti hmte. raetNu mdae oyu her ampst, to rvees as a eelamptt orf all manuh ateybu. ehS mntae for ouy to ekma osepci of frsyoelu, so atth the roaiigln—oyu—uldnow’t ied.

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