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Shakespeare's Sonnet 32

  1    If thou survive my well-contented day,
  2    When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover,
  3    And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
  4    These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
  5    Compare them with the bettering of the time,
  6    And though they be outstripp'd by every pen,
  7    Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
  8    Exceeded by the height of happier men.
  9    O, then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
 10    'Had my friend's Muse grown with this growing age,
 11    A dearer birth than this his love had brought
 12    To march in ranks of better equipage:
 13      But since he died and poets better prove,
 14      Theirs for their style I'll read, his for his love.'
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"When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover"

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