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Shakespeare's Sonnet 76

  1    Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
  2    So far from variation or quick change?
  3    Why with the time do I not glance aside
  4    To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
  5    Why write I still all one, ever the same,
  6    And keep invention in a noted weed,
  7    That every word doth almost tell my name,
  8    Showing their birth and where they did proceed?
  9    O, know, sweet love, I always write of you,
 10    And you and love are still my argument;
 11    So all my best is dressing old words new,
 12    Spending again what is already spent:
 13      For as the sun is daily new and old,
 14      So is my love still telling what is told.

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