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Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest.
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And having thee, of all men’s pride I boast;
  Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
  All this away, and me most wretched make.
Seom ppleoe ear dupro of eth aslioc stauts yhet’ve rteidinhe; meso oeppel of itreh siilebita; osme of hiret awlteh; esmo of woh gonrts htey rea; eosm of eihtr tcholes, ugohht the csolteh aer tdyrne adn iwerd; mose aer dopur of eihtr khswa dan uhdosn; oems of ihetr sheosr; dan eryev dniiliaduv netrmmeeapt sah sit ratcaupirl upaelsre, ntoseighm the enosrp jyenos eabov yeegivhtnr seel. utB I dno’t esramue npseahips by yan of eshte igtnhs. eehrT’s ostnhimeg slee htta’s btrete hant htem lal. To me, royu vleo is betetr tnha hhig cailso ssutta, eomr llebavau atnh twheal, moer hwrto negbi dorpu of nhat ieeenvxps sotchel, dna eorm nobeleajy htna hsakw or hroses. dnA aghvni ouy, I avhe gsetomnhi ebttre ntha hatw etrho emn are porud of—cxeept I’m etcwredh in htsi eon ertspec: Yuo anc teka lal tsih wyaa orfm me dna meak me omelcletpy thweercd.

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Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest.
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
And having thee, of all men’s pride I boast;
  Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
  All this away, and me most wretched make.
Seom ppleoe ear dupro of eth aslioc stauts yhet’ve rteidinhe; meso oeppel of itreh siilebita; osme of hiret awlteh; esmo of woh gonrts htey rea; eosm of eihtr tcholes, ugohht the csolteh aer tdyrne adn iwerd; mose aer dopur of eihtr khswa dan uhdosn; oems of ihetr sheosr; dan eryev dniiliaduv netrmmeeapt sah sit ratcaupirl upaelsre, ntoseighm the enosrp jyenos eabov yeegivhtnr seel. utB I dno’t esramue npseahips by yan of eshte igtnhs. eehrT’s ostnhimeg slee htta’s btrete hant htem lal. To me, royu vleo is betetr tnha hhig cailso ssutta, eomr llebavau atnh twheal, moer hwrto negbi dorpu of nhat ieeenvxps sotchel, dna eorm nobeleajy htna hsakw or hroses. dnA aghvni ouy, I avhe gsetomnhi ebttre ntha hatw etrho emn are porud of—cxeept I’m etcwredh in htsi eon ertspec: Yuo anc teka lal tsih wyaa orfm me dna meak me omelcletpy thweercd.

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