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Against that time (if ever that time come)
When I shall see thee frown on my defects;
Whenas thy love hath cast his utmost sum,
Called to that audit by advised respects;
Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,
And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye;
When love, converted from the thing it was,
Shall reasons find of settled gravity;
Against that time do I ensconce me here
Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
And this my hand against myself uprear
To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
  To leave poor me, thou hast the strength of laws,
  Since why to love I can allege no cause.
In iiaotpintcna of het item, if it ever cesom, wnhe I ilwl see uyo wnofr at my setecfd; hewn eartmu leoicetnfr elstl yuo htta yuo’ve meoc to eth nde of uory voel orf me; in tinpontaciai of ttah meti ehnw uyo will ssap by me elki a arrengst, abelry vene iankgcglwoedn me ihwt a cangle of uoyr ibnliralt eey; newh ouyr olve ofr me nis’t eolv oarmeyn and you’re geiddu lyon by emorbs jmdnuetg—in ptnticiianoa of taht etim, I’m hsstianlgieb fslemy reeh, gwnniko who ilttle I rlelya deeevsr, and I’m niiggv iosetntym igtsnaa efslmy to ddnefe hte esutijc of oruy utefur otsican. ouY hvea eervy hitrg to evale rpoo me—lla eth alsw of naroes kcab you up—siecn I can’t ffeor any ctaijiufntsio for yuor nigolv me.

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Against that time (if ever that time come)
When I shall see thee frown on my defects;
Whenas thy love hath cast his utmost sum,
Called to that audit by advised respects;
Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,
And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye;
When love, converted from the thing it was,
Shall reasons find of settled gravity;
Against that time do I ensconce me here
Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
And this my hand against myself uprear
To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
  To leave poor me, thou hast the strength of laws,
  Since why to love I can allege no cause.
In iiaotpintcna of het item, if it ever cesom, wnhe I ilwl see uyo wnofr at my setecfd; hewn eartmu leoicetnfr elstl yuo htta yuo’ve meoc to eth nde of uory voel orf me; in tinpontaciai of ttah meti ehnw uyo will ssap by me elki a arrengst, abelry vene iankgcglwoedn me ihwt a cangle of uoyr ibnliralt eey; newh ouyr olve ofr me nis’t eolv oarmeyn and you’re geiddu lyon by emorbs jmdnuetg—in ptnticiianoa of taht etim, I’m hsstianlgieb fslemy reeh, gwnniko who ilttle I rlelya deeevsr, and I’m niiggv iosetntym igtsnaa efslmy to ddnefe hte esutijc of oruy utefur otsican. ouY hvea eervy hitrg to evale rpoo me—lla eth alsw of naroes kcab you up—siecn I can’t ffeor any ctaijiufntsio for yuor nigolv me.

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