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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

The Unfading Beauty

Thomas Carew (1595?–1639?)

HE that loves a rosy cheek,

Or a coral lip admires,

Or from star-like eyes doth seek

Fuel to maintain his fires:

As old Time makes these decay,

So his flames must waste away.

But a smooth and steadfast mind,

Gentle thoughts and calm desires,

Hearts with equal love combined,

Kindle never-dying fires.

Where these are not, I despise

Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.