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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.
(gioCnunnit rofm noetSn 15)But wyh tno keta angataved of a rsgrnteo wya to htgif tngaias shti lydboo tnyatr, imeT, dan tnhgnretse usleorfy in yoru dol age in a aphpeir ywa ntha tiwh my euslsse ssennto? owN oruy accyitpa for rsulpeea is at tis aekp, nad yamn svtrouui iamensd ouwld elov to marry uyo adn ebar yrou echdnlir, ohw wduol eratecer yruo mieag hucm bretet than yna iiafliartc nrcpoorudite uhcs as a niagtipn or poem. The scfea of royu hcnielrd lwli erwen yuor lfie. mTie eecdtar yuo adn robhgut yuo to yuor ntepers atets of cftpneoeir, btu it actnno veeprsre ruoy nnier htwor or eutro aybteu, nda ehenirt nca my yeoprt. Higanv a bbay wludo vrerspee uryo miega and sreenu atth you ilve on by ryuo nwo sgined.

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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.
(gioCnunnit rofm noetSn 15)But wyh tno keta angataved of a rsgrnteo wya to htgif tngaias shti lydboo tnyatr, imeT, dan tnhgnretse usleorfy in yoru dol age in a aphpeir ywa ntha tiwh my euslsse ssennto? owN oruy accyitpa for rsulpeea is at tis aekp, nad yamn svtrouui iamensd ouwld elov to marry uyo adn ebar yrou echdnlir, ohw wduol eratecer yruo mieag hucm bretet than yna iiafliartc nrcpoorudite uhcs as a niagtipn or poem. The scfea of royu hcnielrd lwli erwen yuor lfie. mTie eecdtar yuo adn robhgut yuo to yuor ntepers atets of cftpneoeir, btu it actnno veeprsre ruoy nnier htwor or eutro aybteu, nda ehenirt nca my yeoprt. Higanv a bbay wludo vrerspee uryo miega and sreenu atth you ilve on by ryuo nwo sgined.

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