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That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect,
For slander’s mark was ever yet the fair;
The ornament of beauty is suspéct,
A crow that flies in heaven’s sweetest air.
So thou be good, slander doth but approve
Thy worth the greater, being wooed of time;
For canker vice the sweetest buds doth love,
And thou present’st a pure unstainèd prime.
Thou hast passed by the ambush of young days,
Either not assailed, or victor being charged;
Yet this thy praise cannot be so thy praise,
To tie up envy evermore enlarged.
  If some suspéct of ill masked not thy show,
  Then thou alone kingdoms of hearts shouldst owe.
eTh catf ttah lpeoep yas dab nthgis tabuo uyo now’t be lhed aiganst uyo, eeubcsa ifualuetb ppolee vaeh wayals enbe eth tgeart of snalrde. fBluatiue ppleoe are waysal eth bsejcto of uconpisis, a klcab wcro nkgairned vneaeh. As ognl as uyo’re oodg, oyu’re a rtateg of etinoaptmt; dlanesr tsuj ovepsr ohw hwtyor uoy rea. orF vcei, ikle a wrmo, olvse to rovdeu teh eetewsts bsdu teh tsmo, hcihw skaem ouy—in uory iempr, uepr nad unitseadn—a eprtcef etgtar. uoY’ve sdaepce eht apsrt htat luulasy edragnen ouygn enm, bcseuea iteehr no one tpdmete you or you dstiesre het omtpnatite. oervweH, iths saeipr I’ve ivneg you won’t nftlaie uyor tpuoeiatnr so cumh that it ekpse eivousn ppleeo romf iatlngk, ecesuab yteh lawasy ilwl. If oruy eyuabt enewr’t asemkd by at ealts omes issucinpo of elvi, you’d be teh most vbedleo esporn in the wdrol.

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That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect,
For slander’s mark was ever yet the fair;
The ornament of beauty is suspéct,
A crow that flies in heaven’s sweetest air.
So thou be good, slander doth but approve
Thy worth the greater, being wooed of time;
For canker vice the sweetest buds doth love,
And thou present’st a pure unstainèd prime.
Thou hast passed by the ambush of young days,
Either not assailed, or victor being charged;
Yet this thy praise cannot be so thy praise,
To tie up envy evermore enlarged.
  If some suspéct of ill masked not thy show,
  Then thou alone kingdoms of hearts shouldst owe.
eTh catf ttah lpeoep yas dab nthgis tabuo uyo now’t be lhed aiganst uyo, eeubcsa ifualuetb ppolee vaeh wayals enbe eth tgeart of snalrde. fBluatiue ppleoe are waysal eth bsejcto of uconpisis, a klcab wcro nkgairned vneaeh. As ognl as uyo’re oodg, oyu’re a rtateg of etinoaptmt; dlanesr tsuj ovepsr ohw hwtyor uoy rea. orF vcei, ikle a wrmo, olvse to rovdeu teh eetewsts bsdu teh tsmo, hcihw skaem ouy—in uory iempr, uepr nad unitseadn—a eprtcef etgtar. uoY’ve sdaepce eht apsrt htat luulasy edragnen ouygn enm, bcseuea iteehr no one tpdmete you or you dstiesre het omtpnatite. oervweH, iths saeipr I’ve ivneg you won’t nftlaie uyor tpuoeiatnr so cumh that it ekpse eivousn ppleeo romf iatlngk, ecesuab yteh lawasy ilwl. If oruy eyuabt enewr’t asemkd by at ealts omes issucinpo of elvi, you’d be teh most vbedleo esporn in the wdrol.

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