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Shakespeare's Sonnet 59

  1    If there be nothing new, but that which is
  2    Hath been before, how are our brains beguil'd,
  3    Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
  4    The second burden of a former child!
  5    O, that record could with a backward look,
  6    Even of five hundred courses of the sun,
  7    Show me your image in some antique book,
  8    Since mind at first in character was done!
  9    That I might see what the old world could say
 10    To this composed wonder of your frame;
 11    Whether we are mended, or whe'r better they,
 12    Or whether revolution be the same.
 13      O, sure I am, the wits of former days
 14      To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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