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Shakespeare's Sonnet 122

  1    Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
  2    Full character'd with lasting memory,
  3    Which shall above that idle rank remain
  4    Beyond all date, even to eternity;
  5    Or at the least, so long as brain and heart
  6    Have faculty by nature to subsist,
  7    Till each to raz'd oblivion yield his part
  8    Of thee, thy record never can be miss'd.
  9    That poor retention could not so much hold,
 10    Nor need I tallies thy dear love to score;
 11    Therefore to give them from me was I bold,
 12    To trust those tables that receive thee more:
 13      To keep an adjunct to remember thee
 14      Were to import forgetfulness in me.

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