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Shakespeare's Sonnet 74

  1    But be contented: when that fell arrest
  2    Without all bail shall carry me away,
  3    My life hath in this line some interest,
  4    Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.
  5    When thou reviewest this, thou dost review
  6    The very part was consecrate to thee:
  7    The earth can have but earth, which is his due;
  8    My spirit is thine, the better part of me:
  9    So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
 10    The prey of worms, my body being dead,
 11    The coward conquest of a wretch's knife,
 12    Too base of thee to be remembered.
 13      The worth of that is that which it contains,
 14      And that is this, and this with thee remains.

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