by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)

Modest and Fair
Language: English 
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.

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