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

The Complete Lover

William Browne (c. 1590–c. 1645)

FOR her gait, if she be walking;

Be she sitting, I desire her

For her state’s sake; and admire her

For her wit if she be talking;

Gait and state and wit approve her;

For which all and each I love her.

Be she sullen, I commend her

For a modest. Be she merry,

For a kind one her prefer I.

Briefly, everything doth lend her

So much grace, and so approve her,

That for everything I love her.