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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
Disdain Returned
Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
HE that loves a rosy cheek,
  Or a coral lip admires,
Or from starlike 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 are not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.
 
 
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