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Shakespeare's Sonnet 19

  1    Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws,
  2    And make the earth devour her own sweet brood;
  3    Pluck the keen teeth from the fierce tiger's jaws,
  4    And burn the long-lived phoenix in her blood;
  5    Make glad and sorry seasons as thou fleets,
  6    And do whate'er thou wilt, swift-footed Time,
  7    To the wide world and all her fading sweets;
  8    But I forbid thee one most heinous crime:
  9    O, carve not with thy hours my love's fair brow,
 10    Nor draw no lines there with thine antique pen;
 11    Him in thy course untainted do allow
 12    For beauty's pattern to succeeding men.
 13      Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
 14      My love shall in my verse ever live young.
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