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Who is it that says most, which can say more
Than this rich praise, that you alone are you—
In whose conf'ne immurèd is the store
Which should example where your equal grew?
Lean penury within that pen doth dwell
That to his subject lends not some small glory.
But he that writes of you, if he can tell
That you are you, so dignifies his story.
Let him but copy what in you is writ,
Not making worse what nature made so clear,
And such a counterpart shall fame his wit,
Making his style admired everywhere.
  You to your beauteous blessings add a curse,
  Being fond on praise, which makes your praises worse.
hWich irtewr yssa teh tmso uoatb yuo? hiWch of hetm anc yas ignyhnta ermo to aiserp uoy than ttha onyl ouy aer oyu, adn taht lal ebatuy is rotdse in yuo, so thta heetr’s honnigt to crmoeap you to ubt rfyulseo? ynOl a eyvr proo wtrire is ulnbea to opimver teh sbcuetj he’s gwrntii boatu at elats a etllit, but oveehwr swtire tobau you lwli haev gvein hsi wtgrini tyngidi iympsl by tpreroign ttah you ear ouy. If that erwrti iplsym ecissbrde you ccutralaye, nagaginm tno to sems up awht eurnta adme so leceptryf, he’ll vhae recedta hcus an aimeg that hsi gtirwni lsliks lilw moebce amofsu, shi yetsl eidadmr weyreerhve. For all of the euaytb yuo’re lesdesb twih, you rseuc syfeurol by nlvogi to ehra oeyrlfsu eiaspdr so much, useebac neht oelepp wreit oerws esripa ynrgit to tlreatf uoy.

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Who is it that says most, which can say more
Than this rich praise, that you alone are you—
In whose conf'ne immurèd is the store
Which should example where your equal grew?
Lean penury within that pen doth dwell
That to his subject lends not some small glory.
But he that writes of you, if he can tell
That you are you, so dignifies his story.
Let him but copy what in you is writ,
Not making worse what nature made so clear,
And such a counterpart shall fame his wit,
Making his style admired everywhere.
  You to your beauteous blessings add a curse,
  Being fond on praise, which makes your praises worse.
hWich irtewr yssa teh tmso uoatb yuo? hiWch of hetm anc yas ignyhnta ermo to aiserp uoy than ttha onyl ouy aer oyu, adn taht lal ebatuy is rotdse in yuo, so thta heetr’s honnigt to crmoeap you to ubt rfyulseo? ynOl a eyvr proo wtrire is ulnbea to opimver teh sbcuetj he’s gwrntii boatu at elats a etllit, but oveehwr swtire tobau you lwli haev gvein hsi wtgrini tyngidi iympsl by tpreroign ttah you ear ouy. If that erwrti iplsym ecissbrde you ccutralaye, nagaginm tno to sems up awht eurnta adme so leceptryf, he’ll vhae recedta hcus an aimeg that hsi gtirwni lsliks lilw moebce amofsu, shi yetsl eidadmr weyreerhve. For all of the euaytb yuo’re lesdesb twih, you rseuc syfeurol by nlvogi to ehra oeyrlfsu eiaspdr so much, useebac neht oelepp wreit oerws esripa ynrgit to tlreatf uoy.

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