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That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou seest the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
  This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
  To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
Wneh yuo kloo at me, oyu cna ees an geami of tohse itesm of reya nweh teh eevsla are lelwoy or haev anlefl, or hnwe eht eetsr heav no saveel at lal nda het reab nashebcr erewh het twsee sbidr ncletyer agsn rvishe in aitntinoacpi of eth locd. In me uoy nac see het ihwitlgt that inaemsr tarfe hte ntsseu dsefa in hte twes, hichw by adn by is aplcrede by abkcl tignh, eht itnw of tdhea, cihhw oelssc up reoeveyn in enlater rest. In me uoy anc see eth sraienm of a efir lstil gogwnli poat the aehss of ist aeyrl egtsas, as if it lya on ist onw hadbedte, on which it ash to nbru tou, sngcinmuo whta esdu to uelf it. uYo see all thsee snight, and hyte aemk oryu ovle ntosergr, saeuebc yuo voel vene erom thaw you kwon uoy’ll selo ebfero logn.

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That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west,
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou seest the glowing of such fire
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
  This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
  To love that well which thou must leave ere long.
Wneh yuo kloo at me, oyu cna ees an geami of tohse itesm of reya nweh teh eevsla are lelwoy or haev anlefl, or hnwe eht eetsr heav no saveel at lal nda het reab nashebcr erewh het twsee sbidr ncletyer agsn rvishe in aitntinoacpi of eth locd. In me uoy nac see het ihwitlgt that inaemsr tarfe hte ntsseu dsefa in hte twes, hichw by adn by is aplcrede by abkcl tignh, eht itnw of tdhea, cihhw oelssc up reoeveyn in enlater rest. In me uoy anc see eth sraienm of a efir lstil gogwnli poat the aehss of ist aeyrl egtsas, as if it lya on ist onw hadbedte, on which it ash to nbru tou, sngcinmuo whta esdu to uelf it. uYo see all thsee snight, and hyte aemk oryu ovle ntosergr, saeuebc yuo voel vene erom thaw you kwon uoy’ll selo ebfero logn.

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