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Act I, Scene 13

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  • Shakespeare. O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are
    No longer yours than you yourself here live: 170
    Against this coming end you should prepare,
    And your sweet semblance to some other give.
    So should that beauty which you hold in lease
    Find no determination: then you were
    Yourself again after yourself's decease, 175
    When your sweet issue your sweet form should bear.
    Who lets so fair a house fall to decay,
    Which husbandry in honour might uphold
    Against the stormy gusts of winter's day
    And barren rage of death's eternal cold? 180
    O, none but unthrifts! Dear my love, you know
    You had a father: let your son say so.

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