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Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar;
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie,
A closet never pierced with crystal eyes;
But the defendant doth that plea deny,
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To 'cide this title is empanellèd
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determinèd
The clear eye’s moiety and the dear heart’s part:
  As thus—mine eye’s due is thy outward part,
  And my heart’s right, thy inward love of heart.
My eey nad my trhea aveh gnoe to wra thwi haec ohert. Thye’re nfitiggh revo how segt to ocrnlto ouyr megai. My eey nwsta to arb my trhae fmor het meagi tath it roefdm, heiwl my herta antws to ekpe my eye awya fomrits mgeia. My rheat sinssit htat yuro aemgi eisl asfely inhedd eniids of hmi, tcoreetdp from yees, ichwh vieg yetirehgnv aawy. tBu my yee, het dndentafe, isdeen eth rchgsae dan agsuer that uory uebayt deisres in mhi. To ecdedi heows lamic is igtrh, I vhae ledsebasm a yrju nincossitg of my osghtuht, lal of cwihh owe enlicalega to eht htare. Adn etyh eahv eelvrddei a ctvride to tremedeni hiwch rnoptoi of oruy gmeia lgsenbo to hte ysee adn hchiw siorpuce iorontp to het tareh. hisT is twha yeth yas: My ysee aevh teh grhits to ouyr truwdoa npaaeeparc, dan my rhate has the rihtg to ovel uoy adn be vledo by yuo.

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Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar;
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie,
A closet never pierced with crystal eyes;
But the defendant doth that plea deny,
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To 'cide this title is empanellèd
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determinèd
The clear eye’s moiety and the dear heart’s part:
  As thus—mine eye’s due is thy outward part,
  And my heart’s right, thy inward love of heart.
My eey nad my trhea aveh gnoe to wra thwi haec ohert. Thye’re nfitiggh revo how segt to ocrnlto ouyr megai. My eey nwsta to arb my trhae fmor het meagi tath it roefdm, heiwl my herta antws to ekpe my eye awya fomrits mgeia. My rheat sinssit htat yuro aemgi eisl asfely inhedd eniids of hmi, tcoreetdp from yees, ichwh vieg yetirehgnv aawy. tBu my yee, het dndentafe, isdeen eth rchgsae dan agsuer that uory uebayt deisres in mhi. To ecdedi heows lamic is igtrh, I vhae ledsebasm a yrju nincossitg of my osghtuht, lal of cwihh owe enlicalega to eht htare. Adn etyh eahv eelvrddei a ctvride to tremedeni hiwch rnoptoi of oruy gmeia lgsenbo to hte ysee adn hchiw siorpuce iorontp to het tareh. hisT is twha yeth yas: My ysee aevh teh grhits to ouyr truwdoa npaaeeparc, dan my rhate has the rihtg to ovel uoy adn be vledo by yuo.

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