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Shakespeare's Sonnet 118


  1    Like as to make our appetites more keen,
  2    With eager compounds we our palate urge,
  3    As to prevent our maladies unseen,
  4    We sicken to shun sickness when we purge,
  5    Even so, being full of your ne'er-cloying sweetness,
  6    To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding,
  7    And sick of welfare, found a kind of meetness
  8    To be diseas'd ere that there was true needing.
  9    Thus policy in love, t'anticipate
 10    The ills that were not, grew to faults assured
 11    And brought to medicine a healthful state
 12    Which, rank of goodness, would by ill be cured:
 13      But thence I learn, and find the lesson true,
 14      Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you.

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