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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
The Unfading Beauty
By Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)
 
HE 1 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.
 
Note 1. Under the less attractive title, Disdain Returned, this poem is to be found in the editions of Carew, with a closing third stanza. The poem as here given was set to music and printed in Porter’s Madrigals and Airs, 1632, and later in Lawes’ Ayres and Dialogues, 1653. [back]
 
 
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