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George Wither

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Shall I, wasting in despair,
Die because a womanís fair?
Or make pale my cheeks with care,
íCause anotherís rosy are?
Be she fairer than the day,
Or the flowery meads in May,
If she be not so to me,
What care I how fair she be?
The Shepherd's Resolution; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "If she undervalue me, What care I how fair she be?", Sir Walter Raleigh, Poem.

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A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
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And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth and mount upwards for the sake of that other beauty, using these steps only, and from one going on to two, and from two to all fair forms to fair practices, and from fair practices to fair notions, until from fair notions he arrives at the notion of absolute beauty, and at last knows what the essence of beauty is.


What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.

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