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Shakespeare's Sonnet 78

  1    So oft have I invok'd thee for my Muse
  2    And found such fair assistance in my verse
  3    As every alien pen hath got my use
  4    And under thee their poesy disperse.
  5    Thine eyes that taught the dumb on high to sing
  6    And heavy ignorance aloft to fly,
  7    Have added feathers to the learned's wing
  8    And given grace a double majesty.
  9    Yet be most proud of that which I compile,
 10    Whose influence is thine and born of thee:
 11    In others' works thou dost but mend the style,
 12    And arts with thy sweet graces graced be;
 13      But thou art all my art and dost advance
 14      As high as learning my rude ignorance.

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