Modest and fair, for fair and good are near Neighbours, howe'er, No noble virtue ever was alone, But two in one. Thus, when I praise sweet modesty, I praise bright beauty's rays; And having praised both beauty and modesty, I have praised thee.
- by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Edward Elgar, Sir (1857 - 1934), "Modest and Fair", note: from the unfinished opera The Spanish Lady. [text not verified]
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