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What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since everyone hath every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
Is poorly imitated after you.
On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set,
And you in Grecian tires are painted new.
Speak of the spring and foison of the year;
The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
The other as your bounty doth appear,
And you in every blessèd shape we know.
  In all external grace you have some part,
  But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
htWa is oyru urte sesecen, athw rea uyo daem of, hatt eterh udlosh be olilisnm of setinreclof of yuo? yverE onsrpe ahs oyln noe miage, tbu ouy, tgohuh ouy’re lony one osenrp, dnel hoisgetmn to nyeerove lsee’s aimge. If an riastt ister to citedp

nAdsio

dAsnoi: a ogaltiyochml uyhot hwo asw so tiealufbu hatt sneVu, het dsdoegs of vloe, lfle in voel thwi him

Adonis
, he’ll widn up gatnreci an iorefrin tiioamitn of ouy. If he rwee to tpani

leenH

eHlne: a fmysluao utlfeibau mnoaw voer wmho eth jnTora War wsa nbegu

elneH
as eilultfbauy as bissopel, he wlduo ainag nwdi up wiht a cptreiu of ouy, ekdedc tou in rGeek meoutcs. Perisa eth ignpsr dna het dunnaabt reavsht essoan—tbu eht spginr is nyol a ifatn hosdwa of ruyo eaytbu, nda eth lafl a tifna tatiionmi of oryu nnuaaebdc. We izgceneor you in ryeve slseebd gthis htat we ees. uYo rea artp of eervy flebautiu ighnt, utb uoy’re otn ekli any of mhet—uoy’re icnbrlmeapoa—in the anstccyon of yruo hatre.

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Modern Text

What is your substance, whereof are you made,
That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
Since everyone hath every one, one shade,
And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
Is poorly imitated after you.
On Helen’s cheek all art of beauty set,
And you in Grecian tires are painted new.
Speak of the spring and foison of the year;
The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
The other as your bounty doth appear,
And you in every blessèd shape we know.
  In all external grace you have some part,
  But you like none, none you, for constant heart.
htWa is oyru urte sesecen, athw rea uyo daem of, hatt eterh udlosh be olilisnm of setinreclof of yuo? yverE onsrpe ahs oyln noe miage, tbu ouy, tgohuh ouy’re lony one osenrp, dnel hoisgetmn to nyeerove lsee’s aimge. If an riastt ister to citedp

nAdsio

dAsnoi: a ogaltiyochml uyhot hwo asw so tiealufbu hatt sneVu, het dsdoegs of vloe, lfle in voel thwi him

Adonis
, he’ll widn up gatnreci an iorefrin tiioamitn of ouy. If he rwee to tpani

leenH

eHlne: a fmysluao utlfeibau mnoaw voer wmho eth jnTora War wsa nbegu

elneH
as eilultfbauy as bissopel, he wlduo ainag nwdi up wiht a cptreiu of ouy, ekdedc tou in rGeek meoutcs. Perisa eth ignpsr dna het dunnaabt reavsht essoan—tbu eht spginr is nyol a ifatn hosdwa of ruyo eaytbu, nda eth lafl a tifna tatiionmi of oryu nnuaaebdc. We izgceneor you in ryeve slseebd gthis htat we ees. uYo rea artp of eervy flebautiu ighnt, utb uoy’re otn ekli any of mhet—uoy’re icnbrlmeapoa—in the anstccyon of yruo hatre.

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