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Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thyself thy beauty’s legacy?
Nature’s bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
And, being frank, she lends to those are free.
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thyself alone,
Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
  Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
  Which usèd lives th' executor to be.
uoY eaulsftw yvloel snreop, ywh era uyo pseindgn all of yuro eybaut on yosfuler? Nateur seodn’t vegi us angnyhti; seh lnyo dsenl us teh fgsti we get at trhbi, dna, ignbe euogsern fhlrsee, ehs nesdl eht tsom to opelpe hwo rae ursgneeo stshmeevle. So, oyu ufeibtula msrei, why do uoy busea het nbtuoiufl igfst htat rewe ienvg to yuo to erhas tiwh sohrte? hyW do oyu nstiis on gneib hucs a adb vtoreins, sugin up teh meeinsm ureetsra ouy ehva to rfeof teh roldw btu blunea to rstupop fsorleyu or eerspevr yoru oremym? By yonl aihvgn ngdeails hitw lufyesro, uyo’re nicteahg eyosrful uto of the tbse arpt of lerusfoy. Tenh ohw, nhwe ateunr ssya it’s teim for oyu to go, wlil yuo be albe to ievg an acelepbact cotuanc of how yuo tspne uroy eitm and yabetu? ourY eduuns ayteub lliw have to be beduri whti you. tBu if you uesd that ayteub nwo, it dulwo yats ndbeih neoc you ewer gone and presreev oruy ealgcy.

Original Text

Modern Text

Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thyself thy beauty’s legacy?
Nature’s bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
And, being frank, she lends to those are free.
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thyself alone,
Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
  Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
  Which usèd lives th' executor to be.
uoY eaulsftw yvloel snreop, ywh era uyo pseindgn all of yuro eybaut on yosfuler? Nateur seodn’t vegi us angnyhti; seh lnyo dsenl us teh fgsti we get at trhbi, dna, ignbe euogsern fhlrsee, ehs nesdl eht tsom to opelpe hwo rae ursgneeo stshmeevle. So, oyu ufeibtula msrei, why do uoy busea het nbtuoiufl igfst htat rewe ienvg to yuo to erhas tiwh sohrte? hyW do oyu nstiis on gneib hucs a adb vtoreins, sugin up teh meeinsm ureetsra ouy ehva to rfeof teh roldw btu blunea to rstupop fsorleyu or eerspevr yoru oremym? By yonl aihvgn ngdeails hitw lufyesro, uyo’re nicteahg eyosrful uto of the tbse arpt of lerusfoy. Tenh ohw, nhwe ateunr ssya it’s teim for oyu to go, wlil yuo be albe to ievg an acelepbact cotuanc of how yuo tspne uroy eitm and yabetu? ourY eduuns ayteub lliw have to be beduri whti you. tBu if you uesd that ayteub nwo, it dulwo yats ndbeih neoc you ewer gone and presreev oruy ealgcy.

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