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Act I, Scene 59

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  • Shakespeare. If there be nothing new, but that which is
    Hath been before, how are our brains beguiled,
    Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss 815
    The second burden of a former child!
    O, that record could with a backward look,
    Even of five hundred courses of the sun,
    Show me your image in some antique book,
    Since mind at first in character was done! 820
    That I might see what the old world could say
    To this composed wonder of your frame;
    Whether we are mended, or whether better they,
    Or whether revolution be the same.
    O, sure I am, the wits of former days 825
    To subjects worse have given admiring praise.

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