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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Reasons for Being Beloved
By Aubrey Thomas de Vere (1814–1902)
THE REASON why we love thee, dost thou ask?
We love for many reasons joined in one:—
Because thy face is fair to look upon;
Because, when pains or toils our hearts o’ertask,
In sunny smiles of thine they love to bask;        5
Because thou honorest all, and harmest none;
Because thy froward moods so soon are gone;
Thy many faults and foibles wear no mask;
Because thou art a woman. Unto me
A gracious woman is a child mature;        10
Docile, and gentle, though with many a lure
Enriched, and, in a soft subjection, free;
A sanguine creature, full of winning ways;
Athirst for love, and shyly pleased with praise.

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