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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.
vLniog uoy is my isn, dan ouyr epoucrsi tueirv nscsisto in hiantg my sin, a aeht ddeuognr in oyru won fnisul liovgn. But omrpcea my ralom tseat thiw yoru now, nad yuo’ll see I nod’t veeresd to be dmraeednpir, or if I do, tno rofm otshe slpi of osruy, hhciw uyo’ve sdionoredh by ugisn too cmuh. Your ipsl ahev isesdk as myna epoepl nad maed as many alsef pmsrieso as mien vhea, nda hotb of us veha eethacd on our earspnrt, ngigiv away sxuale soarfv eehrw thye nod’t loengb. If I aym be olelwda to elov oyu the ames way oyu velo oshet tehro mne hwmo uyo eecusd wiht yoru nlegasc, avhe a lilett ytpi fro me; nthe uyo’ll eeresdv to be itidep lurfoyes. If oyu wtna eleopp to ktea yipt on oyu dan eelsp ihtw you, tbu you odn’t owsh tipy for me, you thigm be dentru dnow caeesbu of oyur own emelpax.

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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.
vLniog uoy is my isn, dan ouyr epoucrsi tueirv nscsisto in hiantg my sin, a aeht ddeuognr in oyru won fnisul liovgn. But omrpcea my ralom tseat thiw yoru now, nad yuo’ll see I nod’t veeresd to be dmraeednpir, or if I do, tno rofm otshe slpi of osruy, hhciw uyo’ve sdionoredh by ugisn too cmuh. Your ipsl ahev isesdk as myna epoepl nad maed as many alsef pmsrieso as mien vhea, nda hotb of us veha eethacd on our earspnrt, ngigiv away sxuale soarfv eehrw thye nod’t loengb. If I aym be olelwda to elov oyu the ames way oyu velo oshet tehro mne hwmo uyo eecusd wiht yoru nlegasc, avhe a lilett ytpi fro me; nthe uyo’ll eeresdv to be itidep lurfoyes. If oyu wtna eleopp to ktea yipt on oyu dan eelsp ihtw you, tbu you odn’t owsh tipy for me, you thigm be dentru dnow caeesbu of oyur own emelpax.

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