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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Art above Nature: To Julia
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
WHEN I behold a forest spread
With silken trees upon thy head,
And when I see that other dress
Of flowers set in comeliness;
When I behold another grace        5
In the ascent of curious lace,
Which like a pinnacle doth shew
The top, and the top-gallant too;
Then, when I see thy tresses bound
Into an oval, square, or round,        10
And knit in knots far more than I
Can tell by tongue, or true-love tie;
Next, when those lawny films I see
Play with a wild civility,
And all those airy silks to flow,        15
Alluring me, and tempting so:
I must confess mine eye and heart
Dotes less on Nature than on Art.
 
 
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