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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
True Beauty
By Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)
 
MAY I find a woman fair,
And her mind as clear as air:
If her beauty go alone,
’Tis to me as if ’twere none.
 
May I find a woman rich,        5
And not of too high a pitch:
If that pride should cause disdain,
Tell me, lover, where’s thy gain?
 
May I find a woman wise,
And her falsehood not disguise:        10
Hath she wit as she hath will,
Double armed she is to ill.
 
May I find a woman kind,
And not wavering like the wind:
How should I call that love mine,        15
When ’tis his, and his, and thine?
 
May I find a woman true,
There is beauty’s fairest hue,
There is beauty, love, and wit:
Happy he can compass it!        20
 
 
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