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Shakespeare's Sonnet 87

  1    Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing,
  2    And like enough thou know'st thy estimate:
  3    The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;
  4    My bonds in thee are all determinate.
  5    For how do I hold thee but by thy granting?
  6    And for that riches where is my deserving?
  7    The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,
  8    And so my patent back again is swerving.
  9    Thyself thou gav'st, thy own worth then not knowing,
 10    Or me, to whom thou gav'st it, else mistaking;
 11    So thy great gift, upon misprision growing,
 12    Comes home again, on better judgment making.
 13      Thus have I had thee, as a dream doth flatter,
 14      In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.

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