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Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
And I will comment upon that offense.
Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
Against thy reasons making no defense.
Thou canst not, love, disgrace me half so ill,
To set a form upon desired change,
As I’ll myself disgrace, knowing thy will;
I will acquaintance strangle and look strange,
Be absent from thy walks, and in my tongue
Thy sweet belovèd name no more shall dwell,
Lest I, too much profane, should do it wrong
And haply of our old acquaintance tell.
  For thee against myself I’ll vow debate,
  For I must ne'er love him whom thou dost hate.
(nugntoniCi ofrm enSont 88) If oyu llte eopple uoy eftl me easucbe of some ualtf of imne, I wlli endaxp npuo revtaweh yuo ays I ddi nrwog. aSy I’m ealm, adn I’ll rtats ilpming teemdlmiiay, httuwio nryigt to dfende meylfs sgntaia yuro aaotnsusicc. My vleo, in ifngnid a sanero to ifjysut evlnagi me, uoy can’t sdacgier me lfah as lybad as I’ll scegaidr slymef, as noso as I kwno thaw ouy nwat. I’ll drepnte I ond’t know uoy dan tac eikl a sgrrntae. I now’t go rhewe I ithgm rnu tnio yuo. Adn I now’t entmnio oury devbole naem moayern in csea I’d yditr it by mgeidninr olpeep ahtt we uesd to be ecantuadiq. roF yuor saek, I’ll vwo to be my own mnyee, beascue I tmus ont eolv seneomo womh ouy haet.

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Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
And I will comment upon that offense.
Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
Against thy reasons making no defense.
Thou canst not, love, disgrace me half so ill,
To set a form upon desired change,
As I’ll myself disgrace, knowing thy will;
I will acquaintance strangle and look strange,
Be absent from thy walks, and in my tongue
Thy sweet belovèd name no more shall dwell,
Lest I, too much profane, should do it wrong
And haply of our old acquaintance tell.
  For thee against myself I’ll vow debate,
  For I must ne'er love him whom thou dost hate.
(nugntoniCi ofrm enSont 88) If oyu llte eopple uoy eftl me easucbe of some ualtf of imne, I wlli endaxp npuo revtaweh yuo ays I ddi nrwog. aSy I’m ealm, adn I’ll rtats ilpming teemdlmiiay, httuwio nryigt to dfende meylfs sgntaia yuro aaotnsusicc. My vleo, in ifngnid a sanero to ifjysut evlnagi me, uoy can’t sdacgier me lfah as lybad as I’ll scegaidr slymef, as noso as I kwno thaw ouy nwat. I’ll drepnte I ond’t know uoy dan tac eikl a sgrrntae. I now’t go rhewe I ithgm rnu tnio yuo. Adn I now’t entmnio oury devbole naem moayern in csea I’d yditr it by mgeidninr olpeep ahtt we uesd to be ecantuadiq. roF yuor saek, I’ll vwo to be my own mnyee, beascue I tmus ont eolv seneomo womh ouy haet.

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