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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
A Vision of Beauty
Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
IT was a beauty that I saw,—
  So pure, so perfect, as the frame
  Of all the universe were lame
To that one figure, could I draw,
Or give least line of it a law:        5
  A skein of silk without a knot!
A fair march made without a halt!
A curious form without a fault!
  A printed book without a blot!
  All beauty!—and without a spot.        10
 
 
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