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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. IV. The Nineteenth Century: Wordsworth to Rossetti
 
Song: ‘She is not fair to outward view’
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
 
SHE is not fair to outward view
  As many maidens be,
Her loveliness I never knew
  Until she smiled on me;
Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,        5
A well of love, a spring of light.
 
But now her looks are coy and cold,
  To mine they ne’er reply,
And yet I cease not to behold
  The love-light in her eye:        10
Her very frowns are fairer far,
Than smiles of other maidens are.
 
 
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