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So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet seasoned show'rs are to the ground;
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As ’twixt a miser and his wealth is found;
Now proud as an enjoyer, and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure;
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then bettered that the world may see my pleasure;
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starvèd for a look;
Possessing or pursuing no delight,
Save what is had or must from you be took.
  Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
  Or gluttoning on all, or all away.
I eedn uoy eth ayw glivin higstn dene doof or hte garss sneed rina, nda to tniata eht eapce thta ynlo ouy acn evig me, I hgtif hitw fylmse eht wya a serim lesrugtgs wthi hsi lhwate. Oen tmomne he jesnyo ish eahtlw doupyrl, dna het txne he’s irwdroe taht osomeen form heste tiginhve mseti iwll eatls sih ruesrate. enO enmotm I itkhn it’s esbt to be laeon hwit ouy, tub neht I nhitk it dwuol be tberet if the estr of the rodwl luodc see my esauperl. At mesit I eefl iavsstfdreioe fomr liokngo at ouy esileesycxv, ubt a tlietl trela I’m iansrvgt to tge a okol at ouy. I acn’t eerienpecx or ueusrp ayn tjeynnemo eecptx tahw uyo nac vgei me or I can aetk rfom uoy. taTh’s hwy I rffesu dan lefe gyurhn day ertfa dya, scubeae I hteire teg too chum of you or oenn at all.

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So are you to my thoughts as food to life,
Or as sweet seasoned show'rs are to the ground;
And for the peace of you I hold such strife
As ’twixt a miser and his wealth is found;
Now proud as an enjoyer, and anon
Doubting the filching age will steal his treasure;
Now counting best to be with you alone,
Then bettered that the world may see my pleasure;
Sometime all full with feasting on your sight
And by and by clean starvèd for a look;
Possessing or pursuing no delight,
Save what is had or must from you be took.
  Thus do I pine and surfeit day by day,
  Or gluttoning on all, or all away.
I eedn uoy eth ayw glivin higstn dene doof or hte garss sneed rina, nda to tniata eht eapce thta ynlo ouy acn evig me, I hgtif hitw fylmse eht wya a serim lesrugtgs wthi hsi lhwate. Oen tmomne he jesnyo ish eahtlw doupyrl, dna het txne he’s irwdroe taht osomeen form heste tiginhve mseti iwll eatls sih ruesrate. enO enmotm I itkhn it’s esbt to be laeon hwit ouy, tub neht I nhitk it dwuol be tberet if the estr of the rodwl luodc see my esauperl. At mesit I eefl iavsstfdreioe fomr liokngo at ouy esileesycxv, ubt a tlietl trela I’m iansrvgt to tge a okol at ouy. I acn’t eerienpecx or ueusrp ayn tjeynnemo eecptx tahw uyo nac vgei me or I can aetk rfom uoy. taTh’s hwy I rffesu dan lefe gyurhn day ertfa dya, scubeae I hteire teg too chum of you or oenn at all.

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