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When all honesty return’d with contempt,
Return as unspoken vulgarities;
Tis’ thine own lips, contorted; words attempt
Displacing love, truth, for false charities.
Neither Saint, nor Sinner, wherefore lies true speech?
As chaste, yet base, for layeth mine between.
Where honesty doth lie beyond thy reach,
Why speak thee lies, fallacies, so obscene?
I love not riches, prestige, nor power;
All ‘ere loved I, but true, love honesty.
Abortive, words, pluck’d barren thy flower,
Reveal how thoughts breed thy deformity.
Ephemeral petals, brittle’d rust!
Defile’d virtue, love’s truth withers to dust.