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Shakespeare's Sonnet 61

  1    Is it thy will thy image should keep open
  2    My heavy eyelids to the weary night?
  3    Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken,
  4    While shadows like to thee do mock my sight?
  5    Is it thy spirit that thou send'st from thee
  6    So far from home into my deeds to pry,
  7    To find out shames and idle hours in me,
  8    The scope and tenor of thy jealousy?
  9    O, no! thy love, though much, is not so great:
 10    It is my love that keeps mine eye awake;
 11    Mine own true love that doth my rest defeat,
 12    To play the watchman ever for thy sake:
 13      For thee watch I whilst thou dost wake elsewhere,
 14      From me far off, with others all too near.

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