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Shakespeare's Sonnet 101

  1    O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
  2    For thy neglect of truth in beauty dy'd?
  3    Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
  4    So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
  5    Make answer, Muse: wilt thou not haply say,
  6    "Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
  7    Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
  8    But best is best, if never intermix'd"?
  9    Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
 10    Excuse not silence so; for't lies in thee
 11    To make him much outlive a gilded tomb,
 12    And to be praised of ages yet to be.
 13      Then do thy office, Muse; I teach thee how
 14      To make him seem long hence as he shows now.

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