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Shakespeare's Sonnet 100

  1    Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
  2    To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?
  3    Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
  4    Dark'ning thy power to lend base subjects light?
  5    Return, forgetful Muse, and straight redeem
  6    In gentle numbers time so idly spent;
  7    Sing to the ear that doth thy lays esteem,
  8    And gives thy pen both skill and argument.
  9    Rise, resty Muse, my love's sweet face survey,
 10    If Time have any wrinkle graven there;
 11    If any, be a satire to decay,
 12    And make Time's spoils despised every where.
 13      Give my love fame faster than Time wastes life;
 14      So thou prevent'st his scythe and crooked knife

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