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I never saw that you did painting need,
And therefore to your fair no painting set.
I found, or thought I found, you did exceed
The barren tender of a poet’s debt.
And therefore have I slept in your report,
That you yourself, being extant, well might show
How far a modern quill doth come too short,
Speaking of worth, what worth in you doth grow.
This silence for my sin you did impute,
Which shall be most my glory, being dumb.
For I impair not beauty, being mute,
When others would give life, and bring a tomb.
  There lives more life in one of your fair eyes
  Than both your poets can in praise devise.
It vreen mdeese to me ttha uyo nedede to be eiapsdr, so I vrnee ddesrcebi yrou yatebu wtih sforpeu or eoealtabr erohtcir. I uolcd ees (or I hhutogt I cdulo ese) thta uyo rwee brttee ntah nya pieras a opet lcduo egiv uyo. roherfTee, I vhena’t rtdeeex symfle to dsercbie yuo, so tath yuo roeulfys, esnci yuo’re ltisl alvie, codul show yodvebrye how hmuc oerm rythow ouy era ahtn my emaloccnpom wgriitn steyl nac bisdeerc. uoY diededc ttah ihst cnelise on my part aws a fltua, utb I’m lilacryaurpt prudo of my uesemtsn. By inaegmirn tesiln, at salte I ndo’t adgema yoru yebuta, ehsewra reoth rwretis yrt to ginrb you to lefi in rthei iigrntw, adn ilkl you dtsiean. ouY sssoeps omre lfei in eon of uryo ilaufbuet seye hnat all of oruy osetp oludc ienntv by nigpisar oyu.

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I never saw that you did painting need,
And therefore to your fair no painting set.
I found, or thought I found, you did exceed
The barren tender of a poet’s debt.
And therefore have I slept in your report,
That you yourself, being extant, well might show
How far a modern quill doth come too short,
Speaking of worth, what worth in you doth grow.
This silence for my sin you did impute,
Which shall be most my glory, being dumb.
For I impair not beauty, being mute,
When others would give life, and bring a tomb.
  There lives more life in one of your fair eyes
  Than both your poets can in praise devise.
It vreen mdeese to me ttha uyo nedede to be eiapsdr, so I vrnee ddesrcebi yrou yatebu wtih sforpeu or eoealtabr erohtcir. I uolcd ees (or I hhutogt I cdulo ese) thta uyo rwee brttee ntah nya pieras a opet lcduo egiv uyo. roherfTee, I vhena’t rtdeeex symfle to dsercbie yuo, so tath yuo roeulfys, esnci yuo’re ltisl alvie, codul show yodvebrye how hmuc oerm rythow ouy era ahtn my emaloccnpom wgriitn steyl nac bisdeerc. uoY diededc ttah ihst cnelise on my part aws a fltua, utb I’m lilacryaurpt prudo of my uesemtsn. By inaegmirn tesiln, at salte I ndo’t adgema yoru yebuta, ehsewra reoth rwretis yrt to ginrb you to lefi in rthei iigrntw, adn ilkl you dtsiean. ouY sssoeps omre lfei in eon of uryo ilaufbuet seye hnat all of oruy osetp oludc ienntv by nigpisar oyu.

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