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Shakespeare's Sonnet 130

  1    My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
  2    Coral is far more red than her lips' red;
  3    If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
  4    If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
  5    I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
  6    But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
  7    And in some perfumes is there more delight
  8    Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
  9    I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
 10    That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
 11    I grant I never saw a goddess go;
 12    My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground.
 13      And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
 14      As any she belied with false compare.

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