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He that love's a Rosie Cheek

Language: English

He that love's a Rosie Cheek
or a Corall lip admires;
or from Starlike eyes doth seek 
fuell to maintain his fires,
as old time makes these decay,
so his flames must wafte away.

But a smooth and steadfast minde,
Gentle thoughts, and calme desires,
Hearts with equall love combin'd,
Kindle never-dying fires:
Where these are not, I dispise
Lovely Cheekes, or Lips, or Eyes.

Cælia, now no tears can win
My resolv'd heart to return;
I have search'd thy soul within,
And find nought but pride and scorn :
I have learn'd those Arts, and now
Can disdaine as much as thou.

Some God in my revenge convey 
that Love to her I cast away.

J. Berger sets stanzas 1-2

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Modernized spelling used by Berger:
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.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and John Glenn Paton [Guest Editor]


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Text added to the website: 2014-04-15.
Last modified: 2016-06-14 00:08:28
Line count: 20
Word count: 116

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