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Shakespeare's Sonnet 124

  1    If my dear love were but the child of state,
  2    It might for Fortune's bastard be unfather'd,
  3    As subject to Time's love, or to Time's hate,
  4    Weeds among weeds, or flowers with flowers gather'd.
  5    No, it was builded far from accident;
  6    It suffers not in smiling pomp, nor falls
  7    Under the blow of thralled discontent,
  8    Whereto th' inviting time our fashion calls;
  9    It fears not policy, that heretic,
 10    Which works on leases of short-numb'red hours,
 11    But all alone stands hugely politic,
 12    That it nor grows with heat, nor drowns with show'rs.
 13      To this I witness call the fools of Time,
 14      Which die for goodness, who have liv'd for crime.

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