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Shakespeare's Sonnet 82

  1    I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
  2    And therefore mayst without attaint o'erlook
  3    The dedicated words which writers use
  4    Of their fair subject, blessing every book.
  5    Thou art as fair in knowledge as in hue,
  6    Finding thy worth a limit past my praise,
  7    And therefore art enforced to seek anew
  8    Some fresher stamp of the time-bettering days
  9    And do so, love; yet when they have devis'd
 10    What strained touches rhetoric can lend,
 11    Thou truly fair wert truly sympathiz'd
 12    In true plain words by thy true-telling friend;
 13      And their gross painting might be better us'd
 14      Where cheeks need blood; in thee it is abus'd.

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