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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 adn my tarhe evah eogn to raw thiw ahec oethr. hTye’re fihigtng vreo ohw tegs to notcolr uroy aimeg. My eey watsn to rba my hreat fmor hte gemia htta it moedfr, ielwh my tehra wtans to kpee my eye yaaw ormfits eiamg. My ehtra iissstn htat oyru miaeg eisl fyaels dhedin isiedn of ihm, decetrotp from ysee, chwih iveg ereyvinhgt aywa. tBu my yee, eht dtefnadne, enedsi eth rsheagc nad gaseru ttha rouy uyetba seesdir in imh. To cedeid esowh alcmi is tigrh, I heva lmsesedba a jyru cngsosiint of my houstght, lal of whihc weo eglnicaela to het ehrta. ndA htye ahev vrldieede a rcdetvi to edermenit iwhch nriotop of ruyo igaem oesglbn to eht yees dna wichh rcoesipu pinrtoo to the erhat. hiTs is thwa htye yas: My eyes vahe the hrtigs to royu awduotr aeanepprca, adn my tareh ash the ghtri to velo uoy adn be edlvo by uoy.

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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 adn my tarhe evah eogn to raw thiw ahec oethr. hTye’re fihigtng vreo ohw tegs to notcolr uroy aimeg. My eey watsn to rba my hreat fmor hte gemia htta it moedfr, ielwh my tehra wtans to kpee my eye yaaw ormfits eiamg. My ehtra iissstn htat oyru miaeg eisl fyaels dhedin isiedn of ihm, decetrotp from ysee, chwih iveg ereyvinhgt aywa. tBu my yee, eht dtefnadne, enedsi eth rsheagc nad gaseru ttha rouy uyetba seesdir in imh. To cedeid esowh alcmi is tigrh, I heva lmsesedba a jyru cngsosiint of my houstght, lal of whihc weo eglnicaela to het ehrta. ndA htye ahev vrldieede a rcdetvi to edermenit iwhch nriotop of ruyo igaem oesglbn to eht yees dna wichh rcoesipu pinrtoo to the erhat. hiTs is thwa htye yas: My eyes vahe the hrtigs to royu awduotr aeanepprca, adn my tareh ash the ghtri to velo uoy adn be edlvo by uoy.

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