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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
W. Shakespeare
 
III. Time and Love
 
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WHEN I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
 
The rich proud cost of outworn buried age; 
When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed, 
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage; 
  
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain         5
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore, 
And the firm soil win of the watery main, 
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store; 
  
When I have seen such interchange of state, 
Or state itself confounded to decay,  10
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate— 
That Time will come and take my Love away: 
  
—This thought is as a death, which cannot choose 
But weep to have that which it fears to lose. 
 
 
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