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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.
ruoY rorirm wlli hwso oyu hwo oruy yaebtu is irganwe aawy; royu colkc hwo uyro rpcouise sutemin rae gsppliin yawa; teh gseap of isht kalbn etooobnk lliw ceordr ruyo tgtouhsh; nad uoy yam enral eth wolliofgn ntigsh omrf eshto otghuths: ehT linkersw atht uoyr orrmir illw owsh ouy liwl dreinm yuo of eonp rsvaeg. By eht sdanh of uyro clkoc, uoy’ll relan hwo time skpee sgtaneil yawa to yttneeir. tWier odnw wreheatv uoy anc’t breeemmr on eesth nklab gepsa, dan eltra, henw uyo cunoneetr hteso hushgtot anaig, hte cnlirhde of uory rinab, tyhe’ll heva ngorw up, enhudirso by rouy oindnutce rifncteoel. eyTh’ll be klie a ewn uatecnniaqca. ginDo ehets ithnsg notef—golknoi in eht ormirr dan at hte okccl, and tnriigw in the koob—illw eifnbte you and regtlya cnierh yrou okbo.

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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.
ruoY rorirm wlli hwso oyu hwo oruy yaebtu is irganwe aawy; royu colkc hwo uyro rpcouise sutemin rae gsppliin yawa; teh gseap of isht kalbn etooobnk lliw ceordr ruyo tgtouhsh; nad uoy yam enral eth wolliofgn ntigsh omrf eshto otghuths: ehT linkersw atht uoyr orrmir illw owsh ouy liwl dreinm yuo of eonp rsvaeg. By eht sdanh of uyro clkoc, uoy’ll relan hwo time skpee sgtaneil yawa to yttneeir. tWier odnw wreheatv uoy anc’t breeemmr on eesth nklab gepsa, dan eltra, henw uyo cunoneetr hteso hushgtot anaig, hte cnlirhde of uory rinab, tyhe’ll heva ngorw up, enhudirso by rouy oindnutce rifncteoel. eyTh’ll be klie a ewn uatecnniaqca. ginDo ehets ithnsg notef—golknoi in eht ormirr dan at hte okccl, and tnriigw in the koob—illw eifnbte you and regtlya cnierh yrou okbo.

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