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Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
Forgot upon your dearest love to call,
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day;
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
And giv'n to time your own dear purchased right;
That I have hoisted sail to all the winds
Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
Book both my willfulness and errors down,
And on just proof surmise accumulate.
Bring me within the level of your frown,
But shoot not at me in your wakened hate,
  Since my appeal says I did strive to prove
  The constancy and virtue of your love.
cceuAs me ikel isth: aSy htat I’ve tenleegdc ryeev ptonytporiu to rpyae eth great bonatioigl I woe yuo; taht I’ve geootfrnt to kioven uoyr iscoepru evlo, htoghu vyeer ayd I’m ermo nda mreo nbduo to ouy. ySa ttah I’ve petns too hcmu teim htiw trgnesasr, gginiv aayw eht time taht oyu ahve a ithgr to sdepn hwti me. ayS that I’ve lte eryve wnid wbol me as afr awya as pliosbes mofr you. rtiWe a tsli of lal the urntbobs nad nwgor gitshn I’ve onde, nda tup ethrgteo a tol of eoliutcpnsas oatbu my rhtoe imessded dasbe on hwat you yrdlaea wnko. tGe dyear to frnow at me, utb odn’t owrfn at me baeceus of hwat I’ve enod to wkanae wne threda in uoy, secin I idd it lla to stet the nsnoatcyc nda thsgtnre of ruoy elov.

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Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
Forgot upon your dearest love to call,
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day;
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,
And giv'n to time your own dear purchased right;
That I have hoisted sail to all the winds
Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
Book both my willfulness and errors down,
And on just proof surmise accumulate.
Bring me within the level of your frown,
But shoot not at me in your wakened hate,
  Since my appeal says I did strive to prove
  The constancy and virtue of your love.
cceuAs me ikel isth: aSy htat I’ve tenleegdc ryeev ptonytporiu to rpyae eth great bonatioigl I woe yuo; taht I’ve geootfrnt to kioven uoyr iscoepru evlo, htoghu vyeer ayd I’m ermo nda mreo nbduo to ouy. ySa ttah I’ve petns too hcmu teim htiw trgnesasr, gginiv aayw eht time taht oyu ahve a ithgr to sdepn hwti me. ayS that I’ve lte eryve wnid wbol me as afr awya as pliosbes mofr you. rtiWe a tsli of lal the urntbobs nad nwgor gitshn I’ve onde, nda tup ethrgteo a tol of eoliutcpnsas oatbu my rhtoe imessded dasbe on hwat you yrdlaea wnko. tGe dyear to frnow at me, utb odn’t owrfn at me baeceus of hwat I’ve enod to wkanae wne threda in uoy, secin I idd it lla to stet the nsnoatcyc nda thsgtnre of ruoy elov.

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