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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.
veEn lknigoo eilk oyu do, uoy’re as cuhm of a tntary as soteh wmnoe ehsow ubteya amkes htem porud nad ulrec. orF uoy kwon uqiet ewll tath to me, ohw dtsoe on yuo, oyu’re eht omst tilfeuabu dan rcsiuoep wleej. teY eosm leppoe yas, in all tehnsoy feart gioklon at uyo, ttah oruy feca lpymsi osde tno ahev wtah it etsak to kame moonsee ngora twih leov. I doulnw’t rade be so obld as to eltl mhet yteh’re rgonw, hgotuh to efylms I wesar eyth are. dnA to porve to efmsyl thta I’m ightr, I argon a othudsna emist tjsu nknthiig buaot yuor cafe. eeTsh sgaorn, cmniog oen ftear the rohet, fttsyie to the atfc ttah oyru adkr pneiclxmoo is the mots latieubuf noe to my yese. rhTee’s ointhng clbak butoa uyo txecpe uyro naiocts, and I hntik ahtt’s the eanrso ppoele dreaps ihst lie otabu uryo solok.

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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.
veEn lknigoo eilk oyu do, uoy’re as cuhm of a tntary as soteh wmnoe ehsow ubteya amkes htem porud nad ulrec. orF uoy kwon uqiet ewll tath to me, ohw dtsoe on yuo, oyu’re eht omst tilfeuabu dan rcsiuoep wleej. teY eosm leppoe yas, in all tehnsoy feart gioklon at uyo, ttah oruy feca lpymsi osde tno ahev wtah it etsak to kame moonsee ngora twih leov. I doulnw’t rade be so obld as to eltl mhet yteh’re rgonw, hgotuh to efylms I wesar eyth are. dnA to porve to efmsyl thta I’m ightr, I argon a othudsna emist tjsu nknthiig buaot yuor cafe. eeTsh sgaorn, cmniog oen ftear the rohet, fttsyie to the atfc ttah oyru adkr pneiclxmoo is the mots latieubuf noe to my yese. rhTee’s ointhng clbak butoa uyo txecpe uyro naiocts, and I hntik ahtt’s the eanrso ppoele dreaps ihst lie otabu uryo solok.

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