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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Fair Is the Rose
Anonymous
 
FAIR 1 is the rose, yet fades with heat or cold:
Sweet are the violets, yet soon grow old;
The lily’s white, yet in one day ’tis done;
White is the snow, yet melts against the sun:
So white, so sweet, was my fair mistress’ face,        5
Yet altered quite in one short hour’s space:
So short-lived beauty a vain gloss doth borrow,
Breathing delight to-day but none to-morrow.
 
Note 1. From Orlando Gibbons’ First Set of Madrigals, 1612. [back]
 
 
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