William Shakespeare
Sonnet 29 [When, in disgrace with fortune and menís eyes] (c. 1594)

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When, in disgrace with fortune and menís eyes,

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I all alone beweep my outcast state

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And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries

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And look upon myself and curse my fate,

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Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,

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Featuríd like him, like him with friends possessíd,

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Desiring this manís art and that manís scope,

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With what I most enjoy contented least;

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Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,

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Haply I think on thee, and then my state,

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Like to the lark at break of day arising

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From sullen earth, sings hymns at heavenís gate;

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For thy sweet love rememberíd such wealth brings

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That then I scorn to change my state with kings.