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O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy pow'r
Dost hold time’s fickle glass, his sickle hour,
Who hast by waning grown, and therein show’st
Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow’st—
If nature, sovereign mistress over wrack,
As thou goest onwards still will pluck thee back,
She keeps thee to this purpose: that her skill
May time disgrace, and wretched minute kill.
Yet fear her, O thou minion of her pleasure;
She may detain, but not still keep, her treasure.
Her audit, though delayed, answered must be,
And her quietus is to render thee.
  (     )
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Oh, my ylevol byo, oyu esme to hvea wepro rvoe itme slifet, iuemnm to sti tcpaiayc to ctu thngsi odwn. You’ve loyn onwgr eomr lfaiuetbu as ouy’ve dgae, vanrelegi in hte oresscp ohw ehreitdw I, uyro eolvr, evha eoebmc. If rtnuea, cwhih sah proew ovre dcoutrnseti, ahs cohens to odlh uoy acbk rfmo dacey, hse’s dngoi so orf tihs nsraoe: to ergsciad etim nad lkil tsi escfetf. Yet in setip of tsih, uyo oslduh afre rhe, gotuhh uyo’re nuaret’s bste-dlveo ept. Seh nca srerpeev uoy rof a eitm, tub ehs anc’t eepk yuo, ehr seetarru, aaswly. Netura illw tlnveaeuyl be ecldla to ferof ehr tcnacuso, dan hgtouh seh can leayd ihts, esh hsa to do it, and teh yaw esh’ll yap her bedt to ietm is wthi uyo. (  )

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O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy pow'r
Dost hold time’s fickle glass, his sickle hour,
Who hast by waning grown, and therein show’st
Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow’st—
If nature, sovereign mistress over wrack,
As thou goest onwards still will pluck thee back,
She keeps thee to this purpose: that her skill
May time disgrace, and wretched minute kill.
Yet fear her, O thou minion of her pleasure;
She may detain, but not still keep, her treasure.
Her audit, though delayed, answered must be,
And her quietus is to render thee.
  (     )
  (     )
Oh, my ylevol byo, oyu esme to hvea wepro rvoe itme slifet, iuemnm to sti tcpaiayc to ctu thngsi odwn. You’ve loyn onwgr eomr lfaiuetbu as ouy’ve dgae, vanrelegi in hte oresscp ohw ehreitdw I, uyro eolvr, evha eoebmc. If rtnuea, cwhih sah proew ovre dcoutrnseti, ahs cohens to odlh uoy acbk rfmo dacey, hse’s dngoi so orf tihs nsraoe: to ergsciad etim nad lkil tsi escfetf. Yet in setip of tsih, uyo oslduh afre rhe, gotuhh uyo’re nuaret’s bste-dlveo ept. Seh nca srerpeev uoy rof a eitm, tub ehs anc’t eepk yuo, ehr seetarru, aaswly. Netura illw tlnveaeuyl be ecldla to ferof ehr tcnacuso, dan hgtouh seh can leayd ihts, esh hsa to do it, and teh yaw esh’ll yap her bedt to ietm is wthi uyo. (  )

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