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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.
(nnCtniuiog fmor Stnneo 5) So odn’t lte tyinwr dol eag rysdote oyru muserm buetya ofrbee oyur enceess has been espervdre. eMka meso ownam aentnprg nda apss on oryu yuaebt freeob it ieds whti yuo. It’s afriun to cgarhe itaetrxnbo nesirtet on a lona. But if ouy lned a awomn oruy dbyo, hse’ll be nlyo oto ppyah to ypa uoy kbac iwth a lcidh. gnHiva a ldihc—kagnmi hnatreo orisevn of ruefsylo—llwi emka oyu papyh. iavgnH ent ichenrld wlli mkae yuo ten tiems as pypha. ahWt erwpo lduwo dhaet eavh reov uyo if uoy etfl nrdeilhc nedibh to pkee yuro yclage evial? noD’t be uwilllf nad isefslh—yuo’re chmu oto uliuetbaf to be erocneuqd by adhte, hwti inhgont left of you tub a ecorsp veoreddu by sowrm.

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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.
(nnCtniuiog fmor Stnneo 5) So odn’t lte tyinwr dol eag rysdote oyru muserm buetya ofrbee oyur enceess has been espervdre. eMka meso ownam aentnprg nda apss on oryu yuaebt freeob it ieds whti yuo. It’s afriun to cgarhe itaetrxnbo nesirtet on a lona. But if ouy lned a awomn oruy dbyo, hse’ll be nlyo oto ppyah to ypa uoy kbac iwth a lcidh. gnHiva a ldihc—kagnmi hnatreo orisevn of ruefsylo—llwi emka oyu papyh. iavgnH ent ichenrld wlli mkae yuo ten tiems as pypha. ahWt erwpo lduwo dhaet eavh reov uyo if uoy etfl nrdeilhc nedibh to pkee yuro yclage evial? noD’t be uwilllf nad isefslh—yuo’re chmu oto uliuetbaf to be erocneuqd by adhte, hwti inhgont left of you tub a ecorsp veoreddu by sowrm.

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