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Shakespeare's Sonnet 11

  1    As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest
  2    In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
  3    And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestowest
  4    Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest.
  5    Herein lives wisdom, beauty and increase:
  6    Without this, folly, age and cold decay:
  7    If all were minded so, the times should cease
  8    And threescore year would make the world away.
  9    Let those whom Nature hath not made for store,
 10    Harsh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish:
 11    Look whom she best endow'd she gave the more;
 12    Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish:
 13      She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
 14      Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.

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