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When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And, darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright—
How would thy shadow’s form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessèd made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay?
  All days are nights to see till I see thee,
  And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
My yees owkr tebs nweh I’m apeesl, scbauee all yad htey lkoo at ngthis I nod’t rcea atobu. hnWe I eespl, my igeanmrd eesy haiglt on ouy dna ttiergl rtihgbly in eht kdra, vingah dnofu uyor rgbith maegi ehrte. niveG htta ryuo owsahdy aemrd-giaem hbtsegnri neev eth rkda, hwo gbrhit ighmt uyo preapa in gythdail, enhw uryo wno hltig is so mchu lcareer? woH bhtigr, enhw yuro dwasoh nsehsi so rhtibgly to my eesy ndlebdi by asesnrkd? Wtah oodg udwol it do my eyes to see oyu in teh aetmiyd enhw ehty dyeraal ookl at rouy baefuiult aemig in teh aedd of inhtg, as I eples? Eyevr ady is as kdra as hgnti uitln I teg to see uoy ainag, and eyrev tnihg is as brgith as yda when I see uyo in my arsdem.

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When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And, darkly bright, are bright in dark directed.
Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright—
How would thy shadow’s form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so?
How would, I say, mine eyes be blessèd made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay?
  All days are nights to see till I see thee,
  And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.
My yees owkr tebs nweh I’m apeesl, scbauee all yad htey lkoo at ngthis I nod’t rcea atobu. hnWe I eespl, my igeanmrd eesy haiglt on ouy dna ttiergl rtihgbly in eht kdra, vingah dnofu uyor rgbith maegi ehrte. niveG htta ryuo owsahdy aemrd-giaem hbtsegnri neev eth rkda, hwo gbrhit ighmt uyo preapa in gythdail, enhw uryo wno hltig is so mchu lcareer? woH bhtigr, enhw yuro dwasoh nsehsi so rhtibgly to my eesy ndlebdi by asesnrkd? Wtah oodg udwol it do my eyes to see oyu in teh aetmiyd enhw ehty dyeraal ookl at rouy baefuiult aemig in teh aedd of inhtg, as I eples? Eyevr ady is as kdra as hgnti uitln I teg to see uoy ainag, and eyrev tnihg is as brgith as yda when I see uyo in my arsdem.

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