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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Freedom in Dress
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
STILL to be neat, still to be drest,
As you were going to a feast;
Still to be powdered, still perfumed,—
Lady, it is to be presumed,
Though art’s hid causes are not found,        5
All is not sweet, all is not sound.
 
Give me a look, give me a face,
That makes simplicity a grace;
Robes loosely flowing, hair as free,—
Such sweet neglect more taketh me        10
Than all the adulteries of art;
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
 
 
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