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Shakespeare's Sonnet 37


  1    As a decrepit father takes delight
  2    To see his active child do deeds of youth,
  3    So I, made lame by fortune's dearest spite,
  4    Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth.
  5    For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
  6    Or any of these all, or all, or more,
  7    Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit,
  8    I make my love engrafted to this store:
  9    So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised,
 10    Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give
 11    That I in thy abundance am sufficed
 12    And by a part of all thy glory live.
 13      Look what is best, that best I wish in thee:
 14      This wish I have; then ten times happy me!
"active child do deeds of youth"

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