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Shakespeare's Sonnet 30

  1    When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
  2    I summon up remembrance of things past,
  3    I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
  4    And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste.
  5    Then can I drown an eye, unus'd to flow,
  6    For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
  7    And weep afresh love's long since cancell'd woe,
  8    And moan th' expense of many a vanish'd sight.
  9    Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
 10    And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
 11    The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
 12    Which I new pay as if not paid before.
 13      But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
 14      All losses are restor'd, and sorrows end.

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