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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
54. Ballade of My Lady’s Beauty
 
By Joyce Kilmer
 
 
SQUIRE ADAM had two wives, they say,
  Two wives had he, for his delight,
He kissed and clypt them all the day
  And clypt and kissed them all the night.
  Now Eve like ocean foam was white        5
And Lilith roses dipped in wine,
  But though they were a goodly sight
No lady is so fair as mine.
 
To Venus some folk tribute pay
  And Queen of Beauty she is hight,        10
And Sainte Marie the world doth sway
  In cerule napery bedight.
  My wonderment these twain invite,
Their comeliness it is divine,
  And yet I say in their despite,        15
No lady is so fair as mine.
 
Dame Helen caused a grievous fray,
  For love of her brave men did fight,
The eyes of her made sages fey
  And put their hearts in woeful plight        20
  To her no rhymes will I indite,
For her no garlands will I twine,
  Though she be made of flowers and light
No lady is so fair as mine.
 
L’ENVOI
Prince Eros, Lord of lovely might,
        25
  Who on Olympus dost recline,
Do I not tell the truth aright?
  No lady is so fair as mine.
 

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