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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
Art above Nature
By Robert Herrick
To Julia

WHEN I behold a Forrest spread
With silken trees upon thy head;
And when I see that other Dresse
Of flowers set in comlinesse:
When I behold another grace        5
In the ascent of curious Lace,
Which like a Pinacle doth shew
The top, and the top-gallant too.
Then, when I see thy Tresses bound
Into an Ovall, square, or round;        10
And knit in knots far more than I
Can tell by tongue; or true-love tie:
Next, when those Lawnie Filmes I see
Play with a wild civility:
And all those airie silks to flow,        15
Alluring me, and tempting so:
I must confesse, mine eye and heart
Dotes less on Nature, than on Art.

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