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Those hours that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel.
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there,
Sap checked with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness everywhere.
Then were not summer’s distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it nor no remembrance what it was.
  But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
  Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.
eTh seam poessrc ttha oerv tiem hdaspe ryuo ewoulrdnf ceaf, so tath own yeeobvyrd vsoel to kloo at yuo, will yvtllueane dsryoet htta cfea, giankm ulyg tawh is own lnusgssapyri feltuiuab. Fro eevnr-igsernt meiT saket sermmu by hte dnha, laeds hmi tnio oirhyfgirn twinre, adn dyeotrss ihm rtehe—egznefir ihs psa, mgirvneo hsi lluf vaseel, vgncrieo up hsi bueayt with nows, adn tnnruig yetvrgnihe erab. If we idnd’t ehav efeumrp diltesidl ofrm mrumes owefsrl to eekp in a rja, eth sfcftee of msrume ouwdl anihsv at het dne of hte onseas. tiWouht fpemrue, we’d haev no awy of rmenmegribe eth ermsmu tlesfi or sit yauetb. Btu teh sfrewol sued to eamk fempure leso nlyo teihr rouadtw utyaeb wnhe tnewri ocsem; irhte belauufti etncs sliev on sywtele.

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Those hours that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel.
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter and confounds him there,
Sap checked with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness everywhere.
Then were not summer’s distillation left,
A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty’s effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it nor no remembrance what it was.
  But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
  Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.
eTh seam poessrc ttha oerv tiem hdaspe ryuo ewoulrdnf ceaf, so tath own yeeobvyrd vsoel to kloo at yuo, will yvtllueane dsryoet htta cfea, giankm ulyg tawh is own lnusgssapyri feltuiuab. Fro eevnr-igsernt meiT saket sermmu by hte dnha, laeds hmi tnio oirhyfgirn twinre, adn dyeotrss ihm rtehe—egznefir ihs psa, mgirvneo hsi lluf vaseel, vgncrieo up hsi bueayt with nows, adn tnnruig yetvrgnihe erab. If we idnd’t ehav efeumrp diltesidl ofrm mrumes owefsrl to eekp in a rja, eth sfcftee of msrume ouwdl anihsv at het dne of hte onseas. tiWouht fpemrue, we’d haev no awy of rmenmegribe eth ermsmu tlesfi or sit yauetb. Btu teh sfrewol sued to eamk fempure leso nlyo teihr rouadtw utyaeb wnhe tnewri ocsem; irhte belauufti etncs sliev on sywtele.

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