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Shakespeare's Sonnet 28

  1    How can I then return in happy plight,
  2    That am debarr'd the benefit of rest?
  3    When day's oppression is not eased by night,
  4    But day by night, and night by day, oppress'd?
  5    And each, though enemies to either's reign,
  6    Do in consent shake hands to torture me;
  7    The one by toil, the other to complain
  8    How far I toil, still farther off from thee.
  9    I tell the day, to please him thou art bright
 10    And dost him grace when clouds do blot the heaven:
 11    So flatter I the swart-complexion'd night,
 12    When sparkling stars twire not thou gild'st the even.
 13      But day doth daily draw my sorrows longer
 14      And night doth nightly make griefs strength seem stronger.
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