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Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know’st thy estimate.
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
  Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter:
  In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.
Gdybeoo; oyu’re oot uallebav rof me to dhol noot, dna uyo blrobayp kwno letyxac awht yuo’re wroht. Yoru high vlaue gsiev oyu teh trhgi to leaev me; uoy hvea seedevr hte esti tath bndi me to yuo. orF athw lhdo do I avhe rveo ouy tcpxee het dloh htta yuo ceosoh to ivge me, nad how do I edreves usch a rrsautee? Teehr’s hgniton in me to futjsyi uhcs a tufebauli gitf, so my hrtgi to esssops oyu is tegvrnier kbac to uyo. Wneh yuo gvae uylersof to me, uoy nddi’t kwon uory onw wtohr, or lees ouy weer neaikmts uobat me, eth enrpos uoy aveg lyeosufr to. So the taegr gift you eavg me, gnebi edbas on a sefla istteame, osge kcab to you onw ttha uyo’re leab to kame a erbtte nmtjuged. hsTu, the eitm in hchwi I ahd you saw klei a ilreafngtt rmdea; ilwhe I aws spaeel, I tothuhg I wsa a kgin, utb nehw I koew up, I fdonu ttha wsa not the asce.

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Modern Text

Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing,
And like enough thou know’st thy estimate.
The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
My bonds in thee are all determinate.
For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,
And for that riches where is my deserving?
The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
And so my patent back again is swerving.
Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,
Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;
So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
Comes home again, on better judgment making.
  Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter:
  In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.
Gdybeoo; oyu’re oot uallebav rof me to dhol noot, dna uyo blrobayp kwno letyxac awht yuo’re wroht. Yoru high vlaue gsiev oyu teh trhgi to leaev me; uoy hvea seedevr hte esti tath bndi me to yuo. orF athw lhdo do I avhe rveo ouy tcpxee het dloh htta yuo ceosoh to ivge me, nad how do I edreves usch a rrsautee? Teehr’s hgniton in me to futjsyi uhcs a tufebauli gitf, so my hrtgi to esssops oyu is tegvrnier kbac to uyo. Wneh yuo gvae uylersof to me, uoy nddi’t kwon uory onw wtohr, or lees ouy weer neaikmts uobat me, eth enrpos uoy aveg lyeosufr to. So the taegr gift you eavg me, gnebi edbas on a sefla istteame, osge kcab to you onw ttha uyo’re leab to kame a erbtte nmtjuged. hsTu, the eitm in hchwi I ahd you saw klei a ilreafngtt rmdea; ilwhe I aws spaeel, I tothuhg I wsa a kgin, utb nehw I koew up, I fdonu ttha wsa not the asce.

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