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But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Make war upon this bloody tyrant, time,
And fortify yourself in your decay
With means more blessd than my barren rhyme?
Now stand you on the top of happy hours,
And many maiden gardens, yet unset,
With virtuous wish would bear your living flowers,
Much liker than your painted counterfeit.
So should the lines of life that life repair
Which this times pencil or my pupil pen
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair
Can make you live yourself in eyes of men.
To give away yourself keeps yourself still,
And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.
(niguCtoinn ofrm nnSeto 15)But wyh tno etka vnagdatae of a sgnteorr ayw to tfhig stinaga shit oodybl ayntrt, Tiem, adn neengtrhst olesyufr in uroy odl age in a ripehap awy nhat ithw my sleuess tnneoss? oNw oury ccpaytai orf esruelap is at its epak, dan nyma utsroivu iamesnd uoldw lveo to mrary ouy dan rabe uryo rcldienh, ohw dowlu raeterec rouy gaemi chum teertb anth yan liitafarci itnpceruoord such as a atinigpn or mpoe. heT scaef of yrou dernilhc will neerw ruoy leif. eiTm treedac oyu nda hourgtb yuo to yrou nesrept astte of cferptinoe, tbu it ntonca resrevpe uoyr rnnei ohrwt or ureto auteby, and ehrenti anc my prteoy. nvgiaH a ybab ldwou vseerepr uroy egima and usneer ttah you viel on by your onw dgneis.

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But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Make war upon this bloody tyrant, time,
And fortify yourself in your decay
With means more blessd than my barren rhyme?
Now stand you on the top of happy hours,
And many maiden gardens, yet unset,
With virtuous wish would bear your living flowers,
Much liker than your painted counterfeit.
So should the lines of life that life repair
Which this times pencil or my pupil pen
Neither in inward worth nor outward fair
Can make you live yourself in eyes of men.
To give away yourself keeps yourself still,
And you must live, drawn by your own sweet skill.
(niguCtoinn ofrm nnSeto 15)But wyh tno etka vnagdatae of a sgnteorr ayw to tfhig stinaga shit oodybl ayntrt, Tiem, adn neengtrhst olesyufr in uroy odl age in a ripehap awy nhat ithw my sleuess tnneoss? oNw oury ccpaytai orf esruelap is at its epak, dan nyma utsroivu iamesnd uoldw lveo to mrary ouy dan rabe uryo rcldienh, ohw dowlu raeterec rouy gaemi chum teertb anth yan liitafarci itnpceruoord such as a atinigpn or mpoe. heT scaef of yrou dernilhc will neerw ruoy leif. eiTm treedac oyu nda hourgtb yuo to yrou nesrept astte of cferptinoe, tbu it ntonca resrevpe uoyr rnnei ohrwt or ureto auteby, and ehrenti anc my prteoy. nvgiaH a ybab ldwou vseerepr uroy egima and usneer ttah you viel on by your onw dgneis.

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