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

Sonnet CXXIII.

“No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change”

NO, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change 
Thy pyramids built up with newer might 
To me are nothing novel, nothing strange; 
They are but dressings of a former sight. 
Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire         5
What thou dost foist upon us that is old; 
And rather make them born to our desire 
Than think that we before have heard them told. 
Thy registers and thee I both defy, 
Not wondering at the present nor the past,  10
For thy records and what we see doth lie, 
Made more or less by thy continual haste. 
  This I do vow, and this shall ever be; 
  I will be true, despite thy scythe and thee. 



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