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Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lov’st thou that which thou receiv’st not gladly,
Or else receiv’st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing;
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: “Thou single wilt prove none.”
uoY’re lkie imsuc to sleitn to, so hwy sedo intsgilen to muisc emak ouy dsa? heDgluflit nad flyjou hntisg souhdl lneotmpecm oen heaonrt. So ywh do uyo vleo tishgn ttha kaem ouy nyhpupa nda joeny isgnht ttah rae dba orf yuo? If cuims dyaple llew nda in nteu osdsnu bda to you, it’s sbeeuac ttha ismcu is erigkubn you for nto ilgnpya royu nwo tarp—ton angmki ruoy nwo nhraomy—by nttgige iremrad dna hingav nhrcldie. eNotci ohw teh dnous of wot tngssir tiivnragb theogetr in mornyah is lkie a trfeha and hcidl and hpapy hoertm, woh lal sing one laspengi onte eettgroh. hghuTo treih ucmis hsa no rowsd, the intyu of thier vsiceo sisng ihts wngrain to ouy: If you asyt lgneis, uyo’ll be a isdelcslh dbonyo.

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Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.
Why lov’st thou that which thou receiv’st not gladly,
Or else receiv’st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tuned sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordering,
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who all in one, one pleasing note do sing;
  Whose speechless song, being many, seeming one,
  Sings this to thee: “Thou single wilt prove none.”
uoY’re lkie imsuc to sleitn to, so hwy sedo intsgilen to muisc emak ouy dsa? heDgluflit nad flyjou hntisg souhdl lneotmpecm oen heaonrt. So ywh do uyo vleo tishgn ttha kaem ouy nyhpupa nda joeny isgnht ttah rae dba orf yuo? If cuims dyaple llew nda in nteu osdsnu bda to you, it’s sbeeuac ttha ismcu is erigkubn you for nto ilgnpya royu nwo tarp—ton angmki ruoy nwo nhraomy—by nttgige iremrad dna hingav nhrcldie. eNotci ohw teh dnous of wot tngssir tiivnragb theogetr in mornyah is lkie a trfeha and hcidl and hpapy hoertm, woh lal sing one laspengi onte eettgroh. hghuTo treih ucmis hsa no rowsd, the intyu of thier vsiceo sisng ihts wngrain to ouy: If you asyt lgneis, uyo’ll be a isdelcslh dbonyo.

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