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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Carew. 1595?–1639?
  
292. The Unfading Beauty
  
HE that loves a rosy cheek, 
  Or a coral lip admires, 
Or from star-like eyes doth seek 
  Fuel to maintain his fires: 
As old Time makes these decay,         5
So his flames must waste away. 
 
But a smooth and steadfast mind, 
  Gentle thoughts and calm desires, 
Hearts with equal love combined, 
  Kindle never-dying fires.  10
Where these are not, I despise 
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes. 
 
 
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