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Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled.
Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place
With beauty’s treasure, ere it be self-killed.
That use is not forbidden usury
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
That’s for thyself to breed another thee,
Or ten times happier, be it ten for one.
Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee.
Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
  Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
  To be death’s conquest and make worms thine heir.
(gnnCntoiui from eSntno 5) So dno’t elt tnywir odl age doetrys royu rmumes beyatu obfere uyor esenesc ahs been serpeervd. Meak osem noamw anetgrpn dna spsa on uyor tbuaye efreob it dsie tihw ouy. It’s runifa to grceha ibxnteotar ntrtesie on a anol. utB if yuo nedl a manow oyur doby, seh’ll be nloy oto aphpy to ypa uoy bakc hiwt a dhlci. nigvHa a clhid—iamngk raoneht evnrsio of sloruyfe—lwli kmae yuo ahppy. vagniH nte lndehicr will amke ouy nte mites as phypa. hatW pwreo lwdou dthea ehav oerv you if you felt reclhdni eibnhd to ekep uory gaecly aevli? onD’t be llluwfi and ihelfss—you’re hucm too luietbafu to be rundcoeqe by edhta, tihw ohgnint left of you tub a scoper euedrvdo by omwrs.

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Then let not winter’s ragged hand deface
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled.
Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place
With beauty’s treasure, ere it be self-killed.
That use is not forbidden usury
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
That’s for thyself to breed another thee,
Or ten times happier, be it ten for one.
Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee.
Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
  Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
  To be death’s conquest and make worms thine heir.
(gnnCntoiui from eSntno 5) So dno’t elt tnywir odl age doetrys royu rmumes beyatu obfere uyor esenesc ahs been serpeervd. Meak osem noamw anetgrpn dna spsa on uyor tbuaye efreob it dsie tihw ouy. It’s runifa to grceha ibxnteotar ntrtesie on a anol. utB if yuo nedl a manow oyur doby, seh’ll be nloy oto aphpy to ypa uoy bakc hiwt a dhlci. nigvHa a clhid—iamngk raoneht evnrsio of sloruyfe—lwli kmae yuo ahppy. vagniH nte lndehicr will amke ouy nte mites as phypa. hatW pwreo lwdou dthea ehav oerv you if you felt reclhdni eibnhd to ekep uory gaecly aevli? onD’t be llluwfi and ihelfss—you’re hucm too luietbafu to be rundcoeqe by edhta, tihw ohgnint left of you tub a scoper euedrvdo by omwrs.

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