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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. II. The Seventeenth Century: Ben Jonson to Dryden
 
Disdain Returned
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
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 art not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.
 
No tears, Celia, now shall win,
    My resolved heart to return;
I have searched thy soul within        15
    And find nought but pride and scorn;
I have learned thy arts, and now
Can disdain as much as thou!
 
 
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