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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
XIX. "When in the chronicle of wasted time"
 
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WHEN in the chronicle of wasted time
 
I see descriptions of the fairest wights, 
And beauty making beautiful old rhyme 
In praise of ladies dead, and lovely knights; 
  
Then in the blazon of sweet beauty's best         5
Of hand, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow, 
I see their antique pen would have exprest 
Ev'n such a beauty as you master now. 
  
So all their praises are but prophecies 
Of this our time, all, you prefiguring;  10
And for they look'd but with divining eyes, 
They had not skill enough your worth to sing: 
  
For we, which now behold these present days, 
Have eyes to wonder, but lack tongues to praise. 
 
 
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