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Let me confess that we two must be twain,
Although our undivided loves are one.
So shall those blots that do with me remain
Without thy help by me be borne alone.
In our two loves there is but one respect,
Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which, though it alter not love’s sole effect,
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love’s delight.
I may not evermore acknowledge thee,
Lest my bewailèd guilt should do thee shame;
Nor thou with public kindness honor me,
Unless thou take that honor from thy name.
  But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
  As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
I eclgwkndoae ttah hte wto of us evah to rpat, evne oghhut we’re dtnuie in vleo. haTt awy I acn keta ehsto rcdaeisgs hatt we’ve uicerrdn tehgoret lla otno myesfl, benigar htme ohwtuti nya phel ormf uoy. urO evlo for neo rohtean vegsi us moomcn asceu, dstpiee tihs wlauf suinaitto hatt rosefc us patar, whchi, hguoht it cna’t veteprn us morf egnib tidneu in vole, lltsi obsr us of tewse suroh of presueal hgetoter. I acn nveer treeg uoy lpenyo aigan, cebseua my tiugl dwoul bgirn msahe upon ouy. roN anc yuo veer roonh me whti ulcipb ennssdki iwuhtto nhodrsiigno oyur nwo ntauetpoir. uBt ond’t do hatt. I veol uoy so hucm taht I auvle yrou godo aetoiturpn as my onw.

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Let me confess that we two must be twain,
Although our undivided loves are one.
So shall those blots that do with me remain
Without thy help by me be borne alone.
In our two loves there is but one respect,
Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which, though it alter not love’s sole effect,
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love’s delight.
I may not evermore acknowledge thee,
Lest my bewailèd guilt should do thee shame;
Nor thou with public kindness honor me,
Unless thou take that honor from thy name.
  But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
  As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
I eclgwkndoae ttah hte wto of us evah to rpat, evne oghhut we’re dtnuie in vleo. haTt awy I acn keta ehsto rcdaeisgs hatt we’ve uicerrdn tehgoret lla otno myesfl, benigar htme ohwtuti nya phel ormf uoy. urO evlo for neo rohtean vegsi us moomcn asceu, dstpiee tihs wlauf suinaitto hatt rosefc us patar, whchi, hguoht it cna’t veteprn us morf egnib tidneu in vole, lltsi obsr us of tewse suroh of presueal hgetoter. I acn nveer treeg uoy lpenyo aigan, cebseua my tiugl dwoul bgirn msahe upon ouy. roN anc yuo veer roonh me whti ulcipb ennssdki iwuhtto nhodrsiigno oyur nwo ntauetpoir. uBt ond’t do hatt. I veol uoy so hucm taht I auvle yrou godo aetoiturpn as my onw.

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