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Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind’s impr'nt will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste:
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthèd graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial’s shady stealth mayst know
Time’s thievish progress to eternity.
Look what thy memory cannot contain,
Commit to these waste blanks, and thou shalt find
Those children nursed, delivered from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
  These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,
  Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book.
Yrou oirrrm liwl sowh oyu owh royu utebya is niewrag waya; uyor ccolk owh yrou rsuipoec utinmse are lgpsipni ayaw; het pasge of stih lnabk otboenko llwi cerrdo uory gouhhtst; dan ouy yma nreal teh oolgwflni tnsgih romf ethos htuhtosg: Teh wesrlikn hatt yrou mrriro ilwl hwos yuo illw emnrid yuo of oenp agvesr. By het ahnsd of oury clcok, uoy’ll areln woh itme ekpse ilagsent awya to tyinerte. ieWtr ondw veahtwre yuo anc’t rbereemm on tsehe bklna pegas, dan tlera, wenh ouy ecountnre tsohe tgutohsh ignaa, eth idclrhne of uory nbrai, yhet’ll vhae nrgwo up, dihsneuro by uryo tiocunedn ecoftnreli. eTyh’ll be leki a wen qicenaancuta. ginDo ehtes gntshi ofnet—knliogo in eth iromrr nda at the lckco, nda gwntiri in the boko—lwil bnfetei ouy and grtylea inehcr oyru obok.

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Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
The vacant leaves thy mind’s impr'nt will bear,
And of this book this learning mayst thou taste:
The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
Of mouthèd graves will give thee memory;
Thou by thy dial’s shady stealth mayst know
Time’s thievish progress to eternity.
Look what thy memory cannot contain,
Commit to these waste blanks, and thou shalt find
Those children nursed, delivered from thy brain,
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
  These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,
  Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book.
Yrou oirrrm liwl sowh oyu owh royu utebya is niewrag waya; uyor ccolk owh yrou rsuipoec utinmse are lgpsipni ayaw; het pasge of stih lnabk otboenko llwi cerrdo uory gouhhtst; dan ouy yma nreal teh oolgwflni tnsgih romf ethos htuhtosg: Teh wesrlikn hatt yrou mrriro ilwl hwos yuo illw emnrid yuo of oenp agvesr. By het ahnsd of oury clcok, uoy’ll areln woh itme ekpse ilagsent awya to tyinerte. ieWtr ondw veahtwre yuo anc’t rbereemm on tsehe bklna pegas, dan tlera, wenh ouy ecountnre tsohe tgutohsh ignaa, eth idclrhne of uory nbrai, yhet’ll vhae nrgwo up, dihsneuro by uryo tiocunedn ecoftnreli. eTyh’ll be leki a wen qicenaancuta. ginDo ehtes gntshi ofnet—knliogo in eth iromrr nda at the lckco, nda gwntiri in the boko—lwil bnfetei ouy and grtylea inehcr oyru obok.

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