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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Fading Beauty
Anonymous
 
TAKE 1 Time, my dear, ere Time takes wing:
Beauty knows no second spring.
Marble pillars, tombs of brass,
Time breaks down, much more this glass
Then ere that tyrant Time bespeak it,        5
Let’s drink healths in’t first, then break it.
At twenty-five in women’s eyes
Beauty does fade, at thirty dies.
 
Note 1. From Melpomene, or the Muses’ Delights, 1678. [back]
 
 
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