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Shakespeare's Sonnet 58

  1    That god forbid that made me first your slave,
  2    I should in thought control your times of pleasure,
  3    Or at your hand th' account of hours to crave,
  4    Being your vassal, bound to stay your leisure!
  5    O, let me suffer, being at your beck,
  6    Th' imprison'd absence of your liberty;
  7    And patience, tame to sufferance, bide each cheque,
  8    Without accusing you of injury.
  9    Be where you list, your charter is so strong
 10    That you yourself may privilege your time
 11    To what you will; to you it doth belong
 12    Yourself to pardon of self-doing crime.
 13      I am to wait, though waiting so be hell;
 14      Not blame your pleasure, be it ill or well.

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