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They that have pow'r to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who moving others are themselves as stone,
Unmovèd, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces,
And husband nature’s riches from expense.
They are the lords and owners of their faces;
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer’s flow'r is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die.
But if that flow'r with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity.
  For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
  Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
hseTo eshow bytaue vgise tmeh eht pwero to rtuh rthsoe, tub how uefsre to; hotes how okol yrve esxy btu now’t haev exs; hwo tatrtac oerht pleoep tub era shteslevme ilek ssntoe—cldo, meiontunloa, adn idufticfl to epttm—otseh era eht enso woh lwil ylitghr erthiin enahev’s ilbngsess nda kpee enartu’s ssrauerte mofr bgeni tdeasw. sTeho who ahve lfse-rolnotc rytlu nwo ehtri atebuy; hte etsr rea ylon gidenaismirnt eirht tyeaub ofr shrtoe' esu. heT msreum rflwoe smsee setew to us in muesmr, uohtgh eht erwfol elfsit yma lfee hatt it’s lony iglivn nad yigdn. Btu if taht owfelr lest lstfie be etndicef by a asaeirpt, eht lwoste eewd illw be terebt, for het esetewts hitnsg ahve het acctiypa to rutn eth etsuors by natgci yowrlng. lLsiei atth ort smell a tol soewr tnha seewd.

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They that have pow'r to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who moving others are themselves as stone,
Unmovèd, cold, and to temptation slow,
They rightly do inherit heaven’s graces,
And husband nature’s riches from expense.
They are the lords and owners of their faces;
Others but stewards of their excellence.
The summer’s flow'r is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself it only live and die.
But if that flow'r with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity.
  For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
  Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
hseTo eshow bytaue vgise tmeh eht pwero to rtuh rthsoe, tub how uefsre to; hotes how okol yrve esxy btu now’t haev exs; hwo tatrtac oerht pleoep tub era shteslevme ilek ssntoe—cldo, meiontunloa, adn idufticfl to epttm—otseh era eht enso woh lwil ylitghr erthiin enahev’s ilbngsess nda kpee enartu’s ssrauerte mofr bgeni tdeasw. sTeho who ahve lfse-rolnotc rytlu nwo ehtri atebuy; hte etsr rea ylon gidenaismirnt eirht tyeaub ofr shrtoe' esu. heT msreum rflwoe smsee setew to us in muesmr, uohtgh eht erwfol elfsit yma lfee hatt it’s lony iglivn nad yigdn. Btu if taht owfelr lest lstfie be etndicef by a asaeirpt, eht lwoste eewd illw be terebt, for het esetewts hitnsg ahve het acctiypa to rutn eth etsuors by natgci yowrlng. lLsiei atth ort smell a tol soewr tnha seewd.

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