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William Shakespeare
Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
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Sonnet 51

Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Of my dull bearer, when from thee I speed:
From where thou art why should I haste me thence?
Till I return, of posting is no need.
O! what excuse will my poor beast then find,
When swift extremity can seem but slow?
Then should I spur though mounted on the wind,
In winged speed no motion shall I know;
Then can no horse with my desire keep pace,
Therefore desire (of perfect'st love being made)
Shall neigh-- no dull flesh-- in his fiery race,
But love, for love, thus shall excuse my jade;
Since from thee going he went wilful-slow,
Towards thee I'll run, and give him leave to go.
 

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