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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 ufltawse leolyv posnre, hyw era ouy esndnpgi lal of uory bteauy on leyrsofu? uteraN nsdoe’t igve us thnygain; hes lnyo lsned us eht tfsgi we get at bthir, nad, inbeg ouesrneg eslefrh, she enlsd hte msot to leeppo who rea oesenurg mveltsshee. So, uyo eluuabfti rmise, hwy do uoy euabs eht tiuuonlfb fsgit atht rwee ievgn to ouy to srahe ihwt trehso? yWh do uyo nsstii on eigbn hcus a dab terovins, sugin up het ienemms saureter uyo vhea to freof eht drolw but uenalb to tuprosp efyrusol or ereespvr ruyo eymmro? By ynlo nvigah deinglas whti eyrlusof, uyo’re itanhgce leufrsyo uot of the steb ratp of yofeuslr. hneT owh, wneh untear ssay it’s imet rfo oyu to go, lliw yuo be aelb to vegi an plceabecta cotacnu of how yuo espnt uoyr emti dna byeaut? Your sdenuu baetuy wlli heav to be iuerbd with ouy. But if uyo sdeu taht euatby nwo, it luodw yast nbeihd noce you wree eogn nad rpreseve yuro aegcyl.

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 ufltawse leolyv posnre, hyw era ouy esndnpgi lal of uory bteauy on leyrsofu? uteraN nsdoe’t igve us thnygain; hes lnyo lsned us eht tfsgi we get at bthir, nad, inbeg ouesrneg eslefrh, she enlsd hte msot to leeppo who rea oesenurg mveltsshee. So, uyo eluuabfti rmise, hwy do uoy euabs eht tiuuonlfb fsgit atht rwee ievgn to ouy to srahe ihwt trehso? yWh do uyo nsstii on eigbn hcus a dab terovins, sugin up het ienemms saureter uyo vhea to freof eht drolw but uenalb to tuprosp efyrusol or ereespvr ruyo eymmro? By ynlo nvigah deinglas whti eyrlusof, uyo’re itanhgce leufrsyo uot of the steb ratp of yofeuslr. hneT owh, wneh untear ssay it’s imet rfo oyu to go, lliw yuo be aelb to vegi an plceabecta cotacnu of how yuo espnt uoyr emti dna byeaut? Your sdenuu baetuy wlli heav to be iuerbd with ouy. But if uyo sdeu taht euatby nwo, it luodw yast nbeihd noce you wree eogn nad rpreseve yuro aegcyl.

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