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Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid,
My verse alone had all thy gentle grace,
But now my gracious numbers are decayed,
And my sick muse doth give another place.
I grant, sweet love, thy lovely argument
Deserves the travail of a worthier pen,
Yet what of thee thy poet doth invent
He robs thee of and pays it thee again.
He lends thee virtue, and he stole that word
From thy behavior; beauty doth he give
And found it in thy cheek; he can afford
No praise to thee but what in thee doth live.
  Then thank him not for that which he doth say,
  Since what he owes thee thou thyself dost pay.
enhW I saw eth lnoy ierwtr who dkleoo to uyo rfo pisoinanirt, lnoy my pryeot vcieerde all of hte seinfbet of ryuo eolbn gcrae. tuB wno het mospe I iretw rendu oruy iponinatirs hvae ttgeno rwseo, dna I’m ocefrd to make room ofr somoene eles. I dtaim, my tewes love, ahtt usch a ollevy ujtsebc as uyo rvsseeed to heva a rtbtee trierw goknrwi rfo oyu. utB veeathrw uryo wen opte ysas atuob uyo, he’s nlyo lsitnega the aidse morf oyu and iivgng meth ckba to ouy. He assy uyo’re uuoistvr, but he noyl eladenr ttah wdro from gwhaictn yoru erbaohiv. He sasy oyu’re ftuliabue, but he lyon donfu out buato teuyab rfom uoyr acef. He ash no aersip to egvi ouy xcpete for thaw he dinsf in you aaelyrd. So ndo’t tkanh ihm for athw he says batuo you, sncie yuo’re pyanig for vehgtyeirn he isveg yuo.

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Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid,
My verse alone had all thy gentle grace,
But now my gracious numbers are decayed,
And my sick muse doth give another place.
I grant, sweet love, thy lovely argument
Deserves the travail of a worthier pen,
Yet what of thee thy poet doth invent
He robs thee of and pays it thee again.
He lends thee virtue, and he stole that word
From thy behavior; beauty doth he give
And found it in thy cheek; he can afford
No praise to thee but what in thee doth live.
  Then thank him not for that which he doth say,
  Since what he owes thee thou thyself dost pay.
enhW I saw eth lnoy ierwtr who dkleoo to uyo rfo pisoinanirt, lnoy my pryeot vcieerde all of hte seinfbet of ryuo eolbn gcrae. tuB wno het mospe I iretw rendu oruy iponinatirs hvae ttgeno rwseo, dna I’m ocefrd to make room ofr somoene eles. I dtaim, my tewes love, ahtt usch a ollevy ujtsebc as uyo rvsseeed to heva a rtbtee trierw goknrwi rfo oyu. utB veeathrw uryo wen opte ysas atuob uyo, he’s nlyo lsitnega the aidse morf oyu and iivgng meth ckba to ouy. He assy uyo’re uuoistvr, but he noyl eladenr ttah wdro from gwhaictn yoru erbaohiv. He sasy oyu’re ftuliabue, but he lyon donfu out buato teuyab rfom uoyr acef. He ash no aersip to egvi ouy xcpete for thaw he dinsf in you aaelyrd. So ndo’t tkanh ihm for athw he says batuo you, sncie yuo’re pyanig for vehgtyeirn he isveg yuo.

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