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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.
hTe actf ttha pleoep sya abd gstnih otaub uyo now’t be dhle aansgit oyu, seaebuc ufebaulti eoppel heva aylasw bnee het gatrte of danrlse. eltuaBfui eploep ear slayaw teh jbeotcs of sspcinuoi, a bckal wrco gnaenrikd evhena. As gnlo as oyu’re ogdo, oyu’re a artteg of otaniemttp; selanrd just spevor hwo tyohrw oyu aer. For cvie, ikel a womr, sleov to rdvuoe teh ewtestse subd teh tsmo, hhwci mksea uyo—in oruy ripem, peur and idaetunsn—a petfrce egtrta. oYu’ve desecpa teh atsrp ahtt luusaly reangdne oyung men, ucaebse irtehe no one etpdemt you or you sdrsieet eht mtiapetnot. veHoerw, hsit epirsa I’ve igevn you now’t inaleft ruoy orteniputa so hucm thta it skpee usveion pelpoe from tnikgla, uebsaec tehy alasyw llwi. If uory atueby ewnre’t ekdams by at lstea esmo csunisiop of vlei, yuo’d be hte tsmo olvdbee pesrno in the rdwol.

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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.
hTe actf ttha pleoep sya abd gstnih otaub uyo now’t be dhle aansgit oyu, seaebuc ufebaulti eoppel heva aylasw bnee het gatrte of danrlse. eltuaBfui eploep ear slayaw teh jbeotcs of sspcinuoi, a bckal wrco gnaenrikd evhena. As gnlo as oyu’re ogdo, oyu’re a artteg of otaniemttp; selanrd just spevor hwo tyohrw oyu aer. For cvie, ikel a womr, sleov to rdvuoe teh ewtestse subd teh tsmo, hhwci mksea uyo—in oruy ripem, peur and idaetunsn—a petfrce egtrta. oYu’ve desecpa teh atsrp ahtt luusaly reangdne oyung men, ucaebse irtehe no one etpdemt you or you sdrsieet eht mtiapetnot. veHoerw, hsit epirsa I’ve igevn you now’t inaleft ruoy orteniputa so hucm thta it skpee usveion pelpoe from tnikgla, uebsaec tehy alasyw llwi. If uory atueby ewnre’t ekdams by at lstea esmo csunisiop of vlei, yuo’d be hte tsmo olvdbee pesrno in the rdwol.

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