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When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment;
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence commént;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheerèd and checked ev'n by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you, most rich in youth, before my sight,
Where wasteful time debateth with decay,
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
  And all in war with time for love of you,
  As he takes from you, I engraft you new.
heWn I hnkti aubto eht afct atht evyer liginv intgh is pcetref noyl ofr a rebif item, htat hte ehlwo ldrow is eno big esatg on wihhc het rsast eceyrtls otnlcro hte nitaco; hewn I ees ttha men wrgo leki antpls, eacduernog dan neth rdehatwt by het esam sky, nlxigteu in rteih ultofhyu givor nad tneh nnlecigdi tsju hnwe tyhe’re at terih hgthie, nshniigav liunt herti goryl is no geonrl veen deremerbem; enhw I tinhk toabu the lhwoe lrodw’s tinbtsalyii—hten I tkhin of uyo, a hyotu goyijnen so mnay of rtuane’s chri gfsti. In my nmid, I ese meit adn ecdya igdtnbae hiwt eahc rheot tbaou woh to pocrurt uyor ynnsu hotuy, who to evorctn it to old age nad gnhit. tuO of olve rof oyu, I weag wra tnsaiag time: As he ateks ayaw yuro hutoy, I cnaolunlyti aretceer you in etseh spome.

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When I consider every thing that grows
Holds in perfection but a little moment;
That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows
Whereon the stars in secret influence commént;
When I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheerèd and checked ev'n by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory;
Then the conceit of this inconstant stay
Sets you, most rich in youth, before my sight,
Where wasteful time debateth with decay,
To change your day of youth to sullied night;
  And all in war with time for love of you,
  As he takes from you, I engraft you new.
heWn I hnkti aubto eht afct atht evyer liginv intgh is pcetref noyl ofr a rebif item, htat hte ehlwo ldrow is eno big esatg on wihhc het rsast eceyrtls otnlcro hte nitaco; hewn I ees ttha men wrgo leki antpls, eacduernog dan neth rdehatwt by het esam sky, nlxigteu in rteih ultofhyu givor nad tneh nnlecigdi tsju hnwe tyhe’re at terih hgthie, nshniigav liunt herti goryl is no geonrl veen deremerbem; enhw I tinhk toabu the lhwoe lrodw’s tinbtsalyii—hten I tkhin of uyo, a hyotu goyijnen so mnay of rtuane’s chri gfsti. In my nmid, I ese meit adn ecdya igdtnbae hiwt eahc rheot tbaou woh to pocrurt uyor ynnsu hotuy, who to evorctn it to old age nad gnhit. tuO of olve rof oyu, I weag wra tnsaiag time: As he ateks ayaw yuro hutoy, I cnaolunlyti aretceer you in etseh spome.

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