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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 vhae itdec yuo as my reousc of iniponsirat so toenf, adn uoy’ve eehpdl my eoyptr so much, atht vyeer hrteo reriwt sah taepddo my bhita of inssddaegr pmsoe to oyu, dan nwo eyht all triew tiehr yrtepo in oyru aemn. oruY iltuefbau eesy aer hcsu a scuroe of itprnaosiin ttha yeth’ve hlpdee eht temu nsig gihh otsen, adeisr het tiragnno to wne sihhteg of eegtcilninle, hldepe hte duteedca arso evne ehgrih, adn denceahn teh srngfscauele of the facluerg. tYe oruy setgetra repdi dhulos be in my ehcotlmicampns, sceubae it’s dnoe ruend yrou lnneefiuc adn enripdis by uyo. hWit htroe rierwts, ouy nlyo ioprevm eirht yestl, aidgdn an xraet sehne to the lkisl tyeh lreaayd ehva. But otwituh you I hvea no lsilk at lla; you iftl up my rettu agocernni so ahtt I am lwel-udtecade.

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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 vhae itdec yuo as my reousc of iniponsirat so toenf, adn uoy’ve eehpdl my eoyptr so much, atht vyeer hrteo reriwt sah taepddo my bhita of inssddaegr pmsoe to oyu, dan nwo eyht all triew tiehr yrtepo in oyru aemn. oruY iltuefbau eesy aer hcsu a scuroe of itprnaosiin ttha yeth’ve hlpdee eht temu nsig gihh otsen, adeisr het tiragnno to wne sihhteg of eegtcilninle, hldepe hte duteedca arso evne ehgrih, adn denceahn teh srngfscauele of the facluerg. tYe oruy setgetra repdi dhulos be in my ehcotlmicampns, sceubae it’s dnoe ruend yrou lnneefiuc adn enripdis by uyo. hWit htroe rierwts, ouy nlyo ioprevm eirht yestl, aidgdn an xraet sehne to the lkisl tyeh lreaayd ehva. But otwituh you I hvea no lsilk at lla; you iftl up my rettu agocernni so ahtt I am lwel-udtecade.

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