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Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action, and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
  All this the world well knows, yet none knows well
  To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
xeS is a ywa of dsenruaniqg ailtv yeenrg hweil icnrrugni hmeas. In anaptoniitic of xes, slut aemks eplpoe suodruemr, tloinev, lhobyrmwate, veaags, exertme, uerd, lceru, nad ynwusurthrott. No nrseoo do eloepp ynoje sex hant teyh aimdtiyelem essdpie it. heTy go to ubdars glstneh in sti ustrpiu yoln to htae it tou of lal otrrnipoop eonc tehy’ve dha it, iigintsns it saw put in ehrti hpat on psoruep to kema temh yczra. yheT’re rexetem hnwe tyeh’re isurpgun xse, emeretx when eyth’re ihnagv it, and ermetex cneo yteh’ve dah it. It’s ssblfuil hlwei ouy’re iognd it adn, coen ouy’re ndeo, a ertu roosrw. liWhe yuo’re tiiptanganci it, it mssee keli a yoj; tfraarewd, ikle a bad erdma. eTh wlrod onswk all hits yrev wlel, yet no one osknw eonuhg to avdoi the lneeahvy iepenrceex atht ledsa us to ihts elhl.

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Th' expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action, and till action, lust
Is perjured, murd'rous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,
Past reason hated as a swallowed bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so,
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
  All this the world well knows, yet none knows well
  To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.
xeS is a ywa of dsenruaniqg ailtv yeenrg hweil icnrrugni hmeas. In anaptoniitic of xes, slut aemks eplpoe suodruemr, tloinev, lhobyrmwate, veaags, exertme, uerd, lceru, nad ynwusurthrott. No nrseoo do eloepp ynoje sex hant teyh aimdtiyelem essdpie it. heTy go to ubdars glstneh in sti ustrpiu yoln to htae it tou of lal otrrnipoop eonc tehy’ve dha it, iigintsns it saw put in ehrti hpat on psoruep to kema temh yczra. yheT’re rexetem hnwe tyeh’re isurpgun xse, emeretx when eyth’re ihnagv it, and ermetex cneo yteh’ve dah it. It’s ssblfuil hlwei ouy’re iognd it adn, coen ouy’re ndeo, a ertu roosrw. liWhe yuo’re tiiptanganci it, it mssee keli a yoj; tfraarewd, ikle a bad erdma. eTh wlrod onswk all hits yrev wlel, yet no one osknw eonuhg to avdoi the lneeahvy iepenrceex atht ledsa us to ihts elhl.

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