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That you were once unkind befriends me now,
And for that sorrow which I then did feel
Needs must I under my transgression bow,
Unless my nerves were brass or hammered steel.
For if you were by my unkindness shaken,
As I by yours, you’ve passed a hell of time,
And I, a tyrant, have no leisure taken
To weigh how once I suffered in your crime.
O that our night of woe might have rememb’red
My deepest sense, how hard true sorrow hits,
And soon to you as you to me then tendered
The humble salve which wounded bosoms fits!
  But that your trespass now becomes a fee;
  Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me.
ehT atfc htta uoy wree ocne ucrel to me slhep me nwo. eacueBs of hte swrroo ahtt uyo daem me efle thne, I duwol veha to be dmea of lseet ont to be dwboe odnw to teh nrugod iwth utigl ovre owh I’ve urht uoy. oFr if yuo’ve eftl my udsnnkisne to yuo het way I tfel rosuy to me, yuo’ve rdeednu a ietm in llhe adn I’ve tdcea ekli a erucl rtatyn, erven tkinag eth mtie to ntihk utaob hwo I enco dfersefu when oyu idmmoectt het asme rcemi gsatnia me. Oh, how I iswh hatt uroy reliaer owrors adh nmdirdee me of how radh uter wsoror hsit, so ahtt I wodlu aveh opoidelzga to uoy as tfsa as you oepdigozal to me, givnig you het meiincde atht an dunirej ahert edsen msto! tBu oyur erraiel soeefnf tgnasia me can now tenopeacms you orf htaw I’ve sjut oden. My feosefn elsccan tou uorys, and uorys utms naeccl otu imen.

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That you were once unkind befriends me now,
And for that sorrow which I then did feel
Needs must I under my transgression bow,
Unless my nerves were brass or hammered steel.
For if you were by my unkindness shaken,
As I by yours, you’ve passed a hell of time,
And I, a tyrant, have no leisure taken
To weigh how once I suffered in your crime.
O that our night of woe might have rememb’red
My deepest sense, how hard true sorrow hits,
And soon to you as you to me then tendered
The humble salve which wounded bosoms fits!
  But that your trespass now becomes a fee;
  Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me.
ehT atfc htta uoy wree ocne ucrel to me slhep me nwo. eacueBs of hte swrroo ahtt uyo daem me efle thne, I duwol veha to be dmea of lseet ont to be dwboe odnw to teh nrugod iwth utigl ovre owh I’ve urht uoy. oFr if yuo’ve eftl my udsnnkisne to yuo het way I tfel rosuy to me, yuo’ve rdeednu a ietm in llhe adn I’ve tdcea ekli a erucl rtatyn, erven tkinag eth mtie to ntihk utaob hwo I enco dfersefu when oyu idmmoectt het asme rcemi gsatnia me. Oh, how I iswh hatt uroy reliaer owrors adh nmdirdee me of how radh uter wsoror hsit, so ahtt I wodlu aveh opoidelzga to uoy as tfsa as you oepdigozal to me, givnig you het meiincde atht an dunirej ahert edsen msto! tBu oyur erraiel soeefnf tgnasia me can now tenopeacms you orf htaw I’ve sjut oden. My feosefn elsccan tou uorys, and uorys utms naeccl otu imen.

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