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Is it for fear to wet a widow’s eye
That thou consum’st thyself in single life?
Ah, if thou issueless shalt hap to die,
The world will wail thee like a makeless wife;
The world will be thy widow and still weep,
That thou no form of thee hast left behind,
When every private widow well may keep,
By children’s eyes, her husband’s shape in mind.
Look what an unthrift in the world doth spend
Shifts but his place, for still the world enjoys it;
But beauty’s waste hath in the world an end,
And kept unused, the user so destroys it.
  No love toward others in that bosom sits
  That on himself such murd'rous shame commits.
Aer uyo gieant up uryo onw flie by gmeniarni egnisl cseaueb oyu’re fadrai oyru oiwdw llwi rcy when uyo edi? Ah, if uyo epnpha to ied seshldicl, het erntie wdrol iwll onmur rfo oyu ielk a wefi ohw’s tlso erh bnsdahu. Teh rdolw illw be uroy iowdw nda peew oevferr otaub teh tcaf htta uyo nddi’t lavee a pcyo of reouyfsl. uBt if oyu ahd tfle a fiew ebinhd, ehs’d avhe dah hre rilndceh to look at adn inrdme hre of reh ahundbs. A nrsepo how awsste shi eomny is ustj ihfngtis nmoey uarond—at telas eth moeny’s isltl in hte rdowl. uBt if atyube is tsedwa, eth wrlod esols it everrfo: If a ltubueifa snreop ensdo’t use ihs uteayb, he syrdeots it. eTh reonsp who owuld tommci such a soerumrud agoreut on meslhfi has no olev in his rtahe ofr esrhto.

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Is it for fear to wet a widow’s eye
That thou consum’st thyself in single life?
Ah, if thou issueless shalt hap to die,
The world will wail thee like a makeless wife;
The world will be thy widow and still weep,
That thou no form of thee hast left behind,
When every private widow well may keep,
By children’s eyes, her husband’s shape in mind.
Look what an unthrift in the world doth spend
Shifts but his place, for still the world enjoys it;
But beauty’s waste hath in the world an end,
And kept unused, the user so destroys it.
  No love toward others in that bosom sits
  That on himself such murd'rous shame commits.
Aer uyo gieant up uryo onw flie by gmeniarni egnisl cseaueb oyu’re fadrai oyru oiwdw llwi rcy when uyo edi? Ah, if uyo epnpha to ied seshldicl, het erntie wdrol iwll onmur rfo oyu ielk a wefi ohw’s tlso erh bnsdahu. Teh rdolw illw be uroy iowdw nda peew oevferr otaub teh tcaf htta uyo nddi’t lavee a pcyo of reouyfsl. uBt if oyu ahd tfle a fiew ebinhd, ehs’d avhe dah hre rilndceh to look at adn inrdme hre of reh ahundbs. A nrsepo how awsste shi eomny is ustj ihfngtis nmoey uarond—at telas eth moeny’s isltl in hte rdowl. uBt if atyube is tsedwa, eth wrlod esols it everrfo: If a ltubueifa snreop ensdo’t use ihs uteayb, he syrdeots it. eTh reonsp who owuld tommci such a soerumrud agoreut on meslhfi has no olev in his rtahe ofr esrhto.

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