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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Sir Philip Sidney
By Matthew Roydon (fl. 1580–1622)
 
A SWEET, attractive kind of grace,
  A full assurance given by looks,
Continual comfort in a face,
  The lineaments of Gospel books!
    I trow, that countenance cannot lie        5
    Whose thoughts are legible in the eye.
 
Was ever eye did see that face,
  Was ever ear did hear that tongue,
Was ever mind did mind his grace
  That ever thought the travel long?        10
    But eyes and ears, and every thought,
    Were with his sweet perfections caught.
 
 
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