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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Silvia
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Act IV. Scene 2

WHO is Silvia? What is she,
  That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she;
  The heaven such grace did lend her
That she might admirèd be.        5
 
Is she kind as she is fair?
  For beauty lives with kindness:
Love doth to her eyes repair,
  To help him of his blindness;
And, being help’d, inhabits there.        10
 
Then to Silvia let us sing,
  That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
  Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.        15
 
 
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