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Shakespeare's Sonnet 10

  1    For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any,
  2    Who for thyself art so unprovident.
  3    Grant, if thou wilt, thou art belov'd of many,
  4    But that thou none lov'st is most evident;
  5    For thou art so possess'd with murd'rous hate,
  6    That 'gainst thyself thou stick'st not to conspire,
  7    Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate
  8    Which to repair should be thy chief desire.
  9    O, change thy thought, that I may change my mind!
 10    Shall hate be fairer lodg'd than gentle love?
 11    Be, as thy presence is, gracious and kind,
 12    Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove:
 13      Make thee another self for love of me,
 14      That beauty still may live in thine or thee.

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