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Shakespeare's Sonnet 49

  1    Against that time, if ever that time come,
  2    When I shall see thee frown on my defects,
  3    When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum,
  4    Call'd to that audit by advised respects;
  5    Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass
  6    And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,
  7    When love, converted from the thing it was,
  8    Shall reasons find of settled gravity,—
  9    Against that time do I ensconce me here
 10    Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
 11    And this my hand against myself uprear,
 12    To guard the lawful reasons on thy part:
 13      To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws,
 14      Since why to love I can allege no cause.
"When I shall see thee frown on my defects"

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