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First Line: Thou art not fair, for all thy red and white
Last Line: Embrace, and kiss, and love me, in despite.
Subject(s): Flattery; Love; Praise


Thou art not fair for all thy red and white,
For all those rosy ornaments in thee;
Thou art not sweet, though made of mere delight,
Nor fair nor sweet, unless thou pity me.
I will not soothe thy fancies: thou shalt prove
That beauty is no beauty without love.

Yet love not me, nor seek thou to allure
My thoughts with beauty; were it more divine,
Thy smiles and kisses I cannot endure,
I'll not be wrapt up in those arms of thine,
Now shew it if thou be a woman right, --
Embrace, and kiss, and love me, in despite.





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