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

Sonnet LXII.

“Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye”

SIN of self-love possesseth all mine eye 
And all my soul and all my every part; 
And for this sin there is no remedy, 
It is so grounded inward in my heart. 
Methinks no face so gracious is as mine,         5
No shape so true, no truth of such account; 
And for myself mine own worth do define, 
As I all other in all worths surmount. 
But when my glass shows me myself indeed, 
Beated and chopp’d with tann’d antiquity,  10
Mine own self-love quite contrary I read; 
Self so self-loving were iniquity. 
  ’Tis thee, myself,—that for myself I praise, 
  Painting my age with beauty of thy days. 



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