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Shakespeare's Sonnet 80

  1    O, how I faint when I of you do write ,
  2    Knowing a better spirit doth use your name,
  3    And in the praise thereof spends all his might,
  4    To make me tongue-tied, speaking of your fame!
  5    But since your worth, wide as the ocean is,
  6    The humble as the proudest sail doth bear,
  7    My saucy bark inferior far to his
  8    On your broad main doth wilfully appear.
  9    Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat,
 10    Whilst he upon your soundless deep doth ride;
 11    Or being wrack'd, I am a worthless boat,
 12    He of tall building and of goodly pride:
 13      Then if he thrive and I be cast away,
 14      The worst was this; my love was my decay.

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