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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XXXVII.

“As a decrepit father takes delight”

AS a decrepit father takes delight 
To see his active child do deeds of youth, 
So I, made lame by Fortune’s dearest spite, 
Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth; 
For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,         5
Or any of these all, or all, or more, 
Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit, 
I make my love engrafted to this store: 
So then I am not lame, poor, nor despis’d, 
Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give  10
That I in thy abundance am suffic’d, 
And by a part of all thy glory live. 
  Look what is best, that best I wish in thee: 
  This wish I have; then ten times happy me! 



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