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Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving.
O but with mine compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find it merits not reproving;
Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine,
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments
And sealed false bonds of love as oft as mine,
Robbed others' beds' revénues of their rents.
Be it lawful I love thee as thou lov’st those
Whom thine eyes woo as mine impórtune thee.
Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows,
Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
  If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
  By self-example mayst thou be denied.
Lgnvoi uoy is my sni, dna yruo supeorci rutvie scsisotn in tagnih my ins, a eath edonrdgu in uroy now lnsufi gvolin. tBu eoprmca my mlaro aestt htiw oyur nwo, adn uyo’ll ese I dno’t revedes to be miprreendad, or if I do, ont mofr tehso slpi of ursyo, cwhhi uoy’ve srodeoidhn by nisgu oto hmuc. Yrou lspi vaeh dsiesk as yanm eeoppl nad emda as naym saefl srsmiepo as inem evah, dna htbo of us vhea hteaced on rou pesatrnr, ivgngi aayw uexals arosvf rehew htey nod’t nbelgo. If I amy be ldaoelw to lveo ouy the emas awy ouy voel eotsh horet men ohwm oyu ecsdue whit oyru encgsla, hvea a tilelt ityp rof me; neht yuo’ll rvsedee to be tdepii sfyuerol. If oyu tnaw lpopee to kaet ypit on you dan lseep with uoy, ubt you odn’t owsh ipyt ofr me, you mhtgi be tenudr down caseueb of oyru own elemxap.

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Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving.
O but with mine compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find it merits not reproving;
Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine,
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments
And sealed false bonds of love as oft as mine,
Robbed others' beds' revénues of their rents.
Be it lawful I love thee as thou lov’st those
Whom thine eyes woo as mine impórtune thee.
Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows,
Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
  If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
  By self-example mayst thou be denied.
Lgnvoi uoy is my sni, dna yruo supeorci rutvie scsisotn in tagnih my ins, a eath edonrdgu in uroy now lnsufi gvolin. tBu eoprmca my mlaro aestt htiw oyur nwo, adn uyo’ll ese I dno’t revedes to be miprreendad, or if I do, ont mofr tehso slpi of ursyo, cwhhi uoy’ve srodeoidhn by nisgu oto hmuc. Yrou lspi vaeh dsiesk as yanm eeoppl nad emda as naym saefl srsmiepo as inem evah, dna htbo of us vhea hteaced on rou pesatrnr, ivgngi aayw uexals arosvf rehew htey nod’t nbelgo. If I amy be ldaoelw to lveo ouy the emas awy ouy voel eotsh horet men ohwm oyu ecsdue whit oyru encgsla, hvea a tilelt ityp rof me; neht yuo’ll rvsedee to be tdepii sfyuerol. If oyu tnaw lpopee to kaet ypit on you dan lseep with uoy, ubt you odn’t owsh ipyt ofr me, you mhtgi be tenudr down caseueb of oyru own elemxap.

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