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Sonnet ���When I have seen by times 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 Advantage on the kingdom of the shore, And the firm soil win of the watry 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 like a death, which cannot chuse But weep to have what it so fears to lose. �Shakespeare ���G3 ��� �