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Shakespeare's Sonnet 111

  1    O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide,
  2    The guilty goddess of my harmful deeds,
  3    That did not better for my life provide
  4    Than public means which public manners breeds.
  5    Thence comes it that my name receives a brand,
  6    And almost thence my nature is subdu'd
  7    To what it works in, like the dyer's hand:
  8    Pity me then and wish I were renew'd;
  9    Whilst, like a willing patient, I will drink
 10    Potions of eisel 'gainst my strong infection,
 11    No bitterness that I will bitter think,
 12    Nor double penance, to correct correction.
 13      Pity me then, dear friend, and I assure ye
 14      Even that your pity is enough to cure me.

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