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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
Love Dissembled
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
From “As You Like It,” Act III. Sc. 5.

  THINK not I love him, though I ask for him;
’T is but a peevish boy:—yet he talks well;—
But what care I for words?—yet words do well,
When he that speaks them pleases those that hear.
But, sure, he ’s proud; and yet his pride becomes him:        5
He ’ll make a proper man: The best thing in him
Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue
Did make offence, his eye did heal it up.
He is not very tall; yet for his years he ’s tall;
His leg is but so so; and yet ’t is well:        10
There was a pretty redness in his lip,
A little riper and more lusty red
Than that mixed in his cheek; ’t was just the difference
Betwixt the constant red, and mingled damask.
There be some women, Silvius, had they marked him        15
In parcels, as I did, would have gone near
To fall in love with him: but, for my part,
I love him not, nor hate him not; and yet
I have more cause to hate him than to love him:
For what had he to do to chide at me?        20
He said mine eyes were black and my hair black;
And, now I am remembered, scorned at me:
I marvel, why I answered not again:
But that ’s all one; omittance is no quittance.
 
 
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