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Shakespeare's Sonnet 69

  1    Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
  2    Want nothing that the thought of hearts can mend;
  3    All tongues, the voice of souls, give thee that due,
  4    Uttering bare truth, even so as foes commend.
  5    Thy outward thus with outward praise is crown'd;
  6    But those same tongues that give thee so thine own
  7    In other accents do this praise confound
  8    By seeing farther than the eye hath shown.
  9    They look into the beauty of thy mind,
 10    And that, in guess, they measure by thy deeds;
 11    Then, churls, their thoughts, although their eyes were kind,
 12    To thy fair flower add the rank smell of weeds:
 13      But why thy odour matcheth not thy show,
 14      The soil is this, that thou dost common grow.

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