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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Attributed Songs
Beauty
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 

BEAUTY is but a vain and doubtful good:
    A shining gloss that fadeth suddenly;
A flower that dies when first it ’gins to bud;
    A brittle glass, that’s broken presently;
A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,        5
Lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour.
 
And as goods lost are seld or never found;
    As faded gloss no rubbing will refresh;
As flowers dead lie withered on the ground,
    As broken glass no cement can redress:        10
So beauty blemished once, for ever lost,
In spite of physic, painting, pain, and cost.
 
 
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