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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
XXIII. Man's Love
 
LET me not to the marriage of true minds 
Admit impediments. Love is not love 
Which alters when it alteration finds, 
Or bends with the remover to remove:— 
  
O no! it is an ever-fixèd mark         5
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wandering bark, 
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
  
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks 
Within his bending sickle's compass come;  10
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks, 
But bears it out ev'n to the edge of doom:— 
  
If this be error, and upon me proved, 
I never writ, nor no man ever loved. 
 
 
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