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Shakespeare's Sonnet 88

  1    When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light,
  2    And place my merit in the eye of scorn,
  3    Upon thy side against myself I'll fight,
  4    And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworn.
  5    With mine own weakness being best acquainted,
  6    Upon thy part I can set down a story
  7    Of faults conceal'd, wherein I am attainted,
  8    That thou in losing me shalt win much glory:
  9    And I by this will be a gainer too;
 10    For bending all my loving thoughts on thee,
 11    The injuries that to myself I do,
 12    Doing thee vantage, double-vantage me.
 13      Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
 14      That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.

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