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

Sonnet XCI.

“Some glory in their birth, some in their skill”

SOME glory in their birth, some in their skill 
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force; 
Some in their garments, though new-fangled ill; 
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse; 
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,         5
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest: 
But these particulars are not my measure; 
All these I better in one general best. 
Thy love is better than high birth to me, 
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments’ cost,  10
Of more delight than hawks and horses be; 
And having thee, of all men’s pride I boast: 
  Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take 
  All this away, and me most wretched make. 



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