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

Sonnet XLIX.

“Against that time, if ever that time come”

AGAINST that time, if ever that time come 
When I shall see thee frown on my defects, 
When as thy love hath cast his utmost sum, 
Call’d to that audit by advis’d respects; 
Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass,         5
And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye, 
When love, converted from the thing it was, 
Shall reasons find of settled gravity; 
Against that time do I ensconce me here 
Within the knowledge of mine own desert,  10
And this my hand against myself uprear, 
To guard the lawful reasons on thy part: 
  To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws, 
  Since why to love I can allege no cause. 



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