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So am I as the rich whose blessèd key
Can bring him to his sweet up-lockèd treasure,
The which he will not every hour survey,
For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.
Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
Since seldom coming in the long year set,
Like stones of worth they thinly placèd are,
Or captain jewels in the carcanet.
So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,
To make some special instant special blest
By new unfolding his imprisoned pride.
  Blessèd are you whose worthiness gives scope,
  Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.
I’m lkie a rihc nma owh ash eht yke to a atreg euertsra etchs, btu hwo rssites inngpoe it veery rouh, eseacub he edons’t want to loisp his saepuler by etgnitg oot uesd to eht ursetaer. tTha’s wyh oahlydi astefs rae so fnenieurqt: Sapdec otu oscars eth yrae, eyht’re ekli ourecspi ewjlse lpcade eyevln oasrcs a wcnro. In eth emsa wya, hte itme hatt eepsk us tapar is my esurarte tcesh, or it’s ekil a esolct that ehdis a uabflutie eobr— het ltoces ameks a cpailse ionoccsa neve moer ipcsela nweh it is doepne to reavle sit iheddn osplrned. You rea lsesedb hwti husc tegar ohwtr that sothe ohw are tiwh ouy lefe rtnmitpuah, and hetos who are tno with ouy ohpe to be.

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So am I as the rich whose blessèd key
Can bring him to his sweet up-lockèd treasure,
The which he will not every hour survey,
For blunting the fine point of seldom pleasure.
Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
Since seldom coming in the long year set,
Like stones of worth they thinly placèd are,
Or captain jewels in the carcanet.
So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
Or as the wardrobe which the robe doth hide,
To make some special instant special blest
By new unfolding his imprisoned pride.
  Blessèd are you whose worthiness gives scope,
  Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.
I’m lkie a rihc nma owh ash eht yke to a atreg euertsra etchs, btu hwo rssites inngpoe it veery rouh, eseacub he edons’t want to loisp his saepuler by etgnitg oot uesd to eht ursetaer. tTha’s wyh oahlydi astefs rae so fnenieurqt: Sapdec otu oscars eth yrae, eyht’re ekli ourecspi ewjlse lpcade eyevln oasrcs a wcnro. In eth emsa wya, hte itme hatt eepsk us tapar is my esurarte tcesh, or it’s ekil a esolct that ehdis a uabflutie eobr— het ltoces ameks a cpailse ionoccsa neve moer ipcsela nweh it is doepne to reavle sit iheddn osplrned. You rea lsesedb hwti husc tegar ohwtr that sothe ohw are tiwh ouy lefe rtnmitpuah, and hetos who are tno with ouy ohpe to be.

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