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Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
For well thou know’st, to my dear doting heart
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
Yet in good faith some say, that thee behold,
Thy face hath not the pow'r to make love groan.
To say they err I dare not be so bold,
Although I swear it to myself alone;
And to be sure that is not false, I swear
A thousand groans but thinking on thy face;
One on another’s neck do witness bear
Thy black is fairest in my judgment’s place.
  In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
  And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.
eEnv nkiogol ekli yuo do, oyu’re as uhcm of a tanryt as oetsh owmen owhse aeutyb esmka hetm prudo nad uelrc. oFr you wkon equit llwe thta to me, who oedst on uyo, yuo’re teh smto afbluetiu and resopciu ewlje. tYe omse eplpoe sya, in lal ytosnhe eftar oolgkni at ouy, tath oryu efca iymlps eosd nto hvea atwh it kates to emka eenomso arngo hwti vleo. I lnwuod’t reda be so ldbo as to eltl mteh heyt’re rongw, hgothu to yfmsle I rwaes htye ear. And to orvep to esmlyf hatt I’m hgrit, I rogna a nsuahtod emsit sutj hkitgnin aotub ryou face. eeshT gsarno, gomnci neo aetfr teh orhte, fsiteyt to the acft ttah oury kard xenoimcplo is the sotm ufletbaui one to my syee. rTeeh’s hntiogn cbkla utoba you xtepce uoyr ctinsao, and I knthi that’s the resona elppeo drespa hsti eli abuot oryu sookl.

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Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
For well thou know’st, to my dear doting heart
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
Yet in good faith some say, that thee behold,
Thy face hath not the pow'r to make love groan.
To say they err I dare not be so bold,
Although I swear it to myself alone;
And to be sure that is not false, I swear
A thousand groans but thinking on thy face;
One on another’s neck do witness bear
Thy black is fairest in my judgment’s place.
  In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
  And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.
eEnv nkiogol ekli yuo do, oyu’re as uhcm of a tanryt as oetsh owmen owhse aeutyb esmka hetm prudo nad uelrc. oFr you wkon equit llwe thta to me, who oedst on uyo, yuo’re teh smto afbluetiu and resopciu ewlje. tYe omse eplpoe sya, in lal ytosnhe eftar oolgkni at ouy, tath oryu efca iymlps eosd nto hvea atwh it kates to emka eenomso arngo hwti vleo. I lnwuod’t reda be so ldbo as to eltl mteh heyt’re rongw, hgothu to yfmsle I rwaes htye ear. And to orvep to esmlyf hatt I’m hgrit, I rogna a nsuahtod emsit sutj hkitgnin aotub ryou face. eeshT gsarno, gomnci neo aetfr teh orhte, fsiteyt to the acft ttah oury kard xenoimcplo is the sotm ufletbaui one to my syee. rTeeh’s hntiogn cbkla utoba you xtepce uoyr ctinsao, and I knthi that’s the resona elppeo drespa hsti eli abuot oryu sookl.

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