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Herbert J.C. Grierson, ed. (1886–1960). Metaphysical Lyrics & Poems of the 17th C.  1921.
 
Sir John Suckling
 
34. Sonnet
 
OF thee (kind boy) I ask no red and white 
          to make up my delight, 
          no odd becomming graces, 
Black eyes, or little know-not-whats, in faces; 
Make me but mad enough, give me good store         5
Of Love, for her I court, 
          I ask no more, 
'Tis love in love that makes the sport. 
  
There's no such thing as that we beauty call, 
          it is meer cousenage all;  10
          for though some long ago 
Like 't certain colours mingled so and so, 
That doth not tie me now from chusing new, 
If I a fancy take 
          To black and blue,  15
That fancy doth it beauty make. 
  
Tis not the meat, but 'tis the appetite 
          makes eating a delight, 
          and if I like one dish 
More then another, that a Pheasant is;  20
What in our watches, that in us is found, 
So to the height and nick 
          We up be wound, 
No matter by what hand or trick. 
 
 
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