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Shakespeare's Sonnet 143

  1    Lo! as a careful huswife runs to catch
  2    One of her feathered creatures broke away,
  3    Sets down her babe and makes all swift dispatch
  4    In pursuit of the thing she would have stay,
  5    Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase,
  6    Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent
  7    To follow that which flies before her face,
  8    Not prizing her poor infant's discontent;
  9    So run'st thou after that which flies from thee,
 10    Whilst I, thy babe, chase thee afar behind;
 11    But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me,
 12    And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind:
 13      So will I pray that thou mayst have thy Will,
 14      If thou turn back, and my loud crying still.

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