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So oft have I invoked thee for my muse,
And found such fair assistance in my verse,
As every alien pen hath got my use,
And under thee their poesy disperse.
Thine eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing,
And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
Have added feathers to the learnèd’s wing
And given grace a double majesty.
Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
Whose influence is thine and born of thee.
In others' works thou dost but mend the style,
And arts with thy sweet graces gracèd be;
  But thou art all my art, and dost advance
  As high as learning my rude ignorance.
I ahve tedic ouy as my rusoec of iirnsapiont so oentf, dna yuo’ve hepdel my tpeoyr so uhmc, ahtt evyer ehtor rwriet ash eodtapd my itbah of rdgdsnesai osemp to uoy, dna wno yeht all trewi rethi rteopy in royu maen. uorY uebuftila syee rea suhc a cresuo of npriniitsao atht hyet’ve ehpled teh emtu gsin ghhi entso, radeis eth rngtaoni to new hghtise of eltliigecnne, edpleh eht dueatedc osar eevn grehhi, dan dnhancee het agscuerelsnf of the lrcuafeg. tYe uyro segeatrt dpier dlhuos be in my oalpimmncecths, busceea it’s doen reund yuro cenlnuief and snrdpiie by ouy. tWhi rheto tiswrre, uoy lnyo oeprmiv hrtei sylet, igddna an xeart snhee to the lilsk hyte daarley vhae. tuB otwtuhi oyu I heva no slikl at lla; oyu iflt up my rutet ncrienago so ahtt I am ellw-eatcedud.

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So oft have I invoked thee for my muse,
And found such fair assistance in my verse,
As every alien pen hath got my use,
And under thee their poesy disperse.
Thine eyes, that taught the dumb on high to sing,
And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
Have added feathers to the learnèd’s wing
And given grace a double majesty.
Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
Whose influence is thine and born of thee.
In others' works thou dost but mend the style,
And arts with thy sweet graces gracèd be;
  But thou art all my art, and dost advance
  As high as learning my rude ignorance.
I ahve tedic ouy as my rusoec of iirnsapiont so oentf, dna yuo’ve hepdel my tpeoyr so uhmc, ahtt evyer ehtor rwriet ash eodtapd my itbah of rdgdsnesai osemp to uoy, dna wno yeht all trewi rethi rteopy in royu maen. uorY uebuftila syee rea suhc a cresuo of npriniitsao atht hyet’ve ehpled teh emtu gsin ghhi entso, radeis eth rngtaoni to new hghtise of eltliigecnne, edpleh eht dueatedc osar eevn grehhi, dan dnhancee het agscuerelsnf of the lrcuafeg. tYe uyro segeatrt dpier dlhuos be in my oalpimmncecths, busceea it’s doen reund yuro cenlnuief and snrdpiie by ouy. tWhi rheto tiswrre, uoy lnyo oeprmiv hrtei sylet, igddna an xeart snhee to the lilsk hyte daarley vhae. tuB otwtuhi oyu I heva no slikl at lla; oyu iflt up my rutet ncrienago so ahtt I am ellw-eatcedud.

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