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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
230. The True Beauty
 
Thomas Carew (1595(?)–1639(?))
 
 
HE that loves a rosy cheek
  Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like 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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