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Shakespeare's Sonnet 77

  1    Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear,
  2    Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste;
  3    The vacant leaves thy mind's imprint will bear,
  4    And of this book this learning mayst thou taste.
  5    The wrinkles which thy glass will truly show
  6    Of mouthed graves will give thee memory;
  7    Thou by thy dial's shady stealth mayst know
  8    Time's thievish progress to eternity.
  9    Look, what thy memory can not contain
 10    Commit to these waste blanks, and thou shalt find
 11    Those children nurs'd, deliver'd from thy brain,
 12    To take a new acquaintance of thy mind.
 13      These offices, so oft as thou wilt look,
 14      Shall profit thee and much enrich thy book.

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