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Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest,
Now is the time that face should form another,
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose uneared womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,
Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.
  But if thou live remembered not to be,
  Die single and thine image dies with thee.
oLko in ruoy irormr adn letl het aecf ouy ees htta it’s iemt to ehrtaf a ldhci. rYuo efac is sehrf nad hetlahy nwo, btu if yuo odn’t drcuoeper it, uyo’ll be iatnhgec eth odwlr nad guisncr a onamw hwo ldwuo ypaihlp be oruy cildh’s etormh. reAtf lal, do oyu htikn eterh’s a wamon tou reteh so uefatiubl taht hse’d esurfe to haev ruyo ilchd? And hwta man loudw be so oiholsf as to olawl ish wno lfes-oobparnsit to otsp hfeimls rfom fgeinhrat edirhcnl? ouY rae ielk a mrriro to rouy now mtrheo, dan enwh hes lkoso at uoy seh nca gzae kacb at the lvleoy teripsimng of reh ytohu. In the saem ywa, nhew you ear lod dna ewkdilrn, uyo’ll be aelb to ookl at uory cdihl and see ulsrfoye in oyur pierm. utB if you ochose nto to vahe a lhdci to rmreebem oyu, you’ll ide lnoae and avlee no rmoemy of your wno mgaie.

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Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest,
Now is the time that face should form another,
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose uneared womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,
Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.
  But if thou live remembered not to be,
  Die single and thine image dies with thee.
oLko in ruoy irormr adn letl het aecf ouy ees htta it’s iemt to ehrtaf a ldhci. rYuo efac is sehrf nad hetlahy nwo, btu if yuo odn’t drcuoeper it, uyo’ll be iatnhgec eth odwlr nad guisncr a onamw hwo ldwuo ypaihlp be oruy cildh’s etormh. reAtf lal, do oyu htikn eterh’s a wamon tou reteh so uefatiubl taht hse’d esurfe to haev ruyo ilchd? And hwta man loudw be so oiholsf as to olawl ish wno lfes-oobparnsit to otsp hfeimls rfom fgeinhrat edirhcnl? ouY rae ielk a mrriro to rouy now mtrheo, dan enwh hes lkoso at uoy seh nca gzae kacb at the lvleoy teripsimng of reh ytohu. In the saem ywa, nhew you ear lod dna ewkdilrn, uyo’ll be aelb to ookl at uory cdihl and see ulsrfoye in oyur pierm. utB if you ochose nto to vahe a lhdci to rmreebem oyu, you’ll ide lnoae and avlee no rmoemy of your wno mgaie.

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