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Shakespeare's Sonnet 126


  1    O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
  2    Dost hold Time's fickle glass, his sickle, hour;
  3    Who hast by waning grown, and therein show'st
  4    Thy lovers withering as thy sweet self grow'st;
  5    If Nature, sovereign mistress over wrack,
  6    As thou goest onwards, still will pluck thee back,
  7    She keeps thee to this purpose, that her skill
  8    May time disgrace and wretched minutes kill.
  9    Yet fear her, O thou minion of her pleasure;
 10    She may detain, but not still keep, her treasure.
 11    Her audit, though delay'd, answer'd must be,
 12    And her quietus is to render thee.

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