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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Perfect Beauty
By Ben Jonson (1572–1637)
 
IT 1 was a beauty that I saw
So pure, so perfect, as the frame
Of all the universe was lame
To that one figure, could I draw,
Or give least line of it a law!        5
 
  A skein of silk without a knot,
A fair march made without a halt,
A curious form without a fault,
  A printed book without a blot,
  All beauty, and without a spot!        10
 
Note 1. From The New Inn, 1631, act iv. sc. 4. [back]
 
 
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