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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
150. Simplex Munditiis
 
Ben Jonson (1573–1637)
 
 
STILL to be neat, still to be drest,
As you were going to a feast;
Still to be powdr’d, 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 th’ adulteries of art;
They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.
 

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