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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
The Complete Lover
By William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)
FOR her gait, if she be walking;
Be she sitting, I desire her
For her state’s sake; and admire her
For her wit if she be talking;
    Gait and state and wit approve her;        5
    For which all and each I love her.
Be she sullen, I commend her
For a modest. Be she merry,
For a kind one her prefer I.
Briefly, everything doth lend her        10
    So much grace, and so approve her,
    That for everything I love her.

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