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O that you were yourself! But, love, you are
No longer yours than you yourself here live.
Against this coming end you should prepare,
And your sweet semblance to some other give.
So should that beauty which you hold in lease
Find no determination; then you were
Yourself again after yourself’s decease,
When your sweet issue your sweet form should bear.
Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,
Which husbandry in honor might uphold
Against the stormy gusts of winter’s day
And barren rage of death’s eternal cold?
  O, none but unthrifts, dear my love you know,
  You had a father; let your son say so.
Oh, ohw I siwh ouy eerw eurolfsy! Btu, my leov, uryo niedttiy iwll loyn tasl as gonl as uyo’re laive. uoY osluhd amek irsrnteaopap in oattnacnpiii of oyru iebeainltv daeht adn psas on yruo luieabtfu ceaapnprea to senoome lese. hTat way, ruoy bteuya, whihc uyo’ve ylno rreodobw, odulwn’t evha to den. henT, evne ftera you dide, rouy lbftuiuea dboy wldou be erewden in uroy ndechril. hWo dowul tel cuhs a letubfaui suhoe flal itno aedrriisp enwh nedputr anatnmcniee tmhgi ekam it uaslott teh mstory stgus of rnetwi and hte nftugtrarsi rrssnnbaee gsunnrordui atdhe? Olyn teh tmos lrbiisensoerp senredp duocl do csuh a ghnit, you kown, my eard olve. oYu had a ertafh—tle ryou son be bael to say hte aesm.

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O that you were yourself! But, love, you are
No longer yours than you yourself here live.
Against this coming end you should prepare,
And your sweet semblance to some other give.
So should that beauty which you hold in lease
Find no determination; then you were
Yourself again after yourself’s decease,
When your sweet issue your sweet form should bear.
Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,
Which husbandry in honor might uphold
Against the stormy gusts of winter’s day
And barren rage of death’s eternal cold?
  O, none but unthrifts, dear my love you know,
  You had a father; let your son say so.
Oh, ohw I siwh ouy eerw eurolfsy! Btu, my leov, uryo niedttiy iwll loyn tasl as gonl as uyo’re laive. uoY osluhd amek irsrnteaopap in oattnacnpiii of oyru iebeainltv daeht adn psas on yruo luieabtfu ceaapnprea to senoome lese. hTat way, ruoy bteuya, whihc uyo’ve ylno rreodobw, odulwn’t evha to den. henT, evne ftera you dide, rouy lbftuiuea dboy wldou be erewden in uroy ndechril. hWo dowul tel cuhs a letubfaui suhoe flal itno aedrriisp enwh nedputr anatnmcniee tmhgi ekam it uaslott teh mstory stgus of rnetwi and hte nftugtrarsi rrssnnbaee gsunnrordui atdhe? Olyn teh tmos lrbiisensoerp senredp duocl do csuh a ghnit, you kown, my eard olve. oYu had a ertafh—tle ryou son be bael to say hte aesm.

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