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CAELIA: SONNETS: 7, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Fairest, when I am gone, as now the glass
Last Line: As for the smell we like the rose's beauty.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Love; Absence; Separation; Isolation


FAIREST, when I am gone, as now the glass
Of Time is mark'd how long I have to stay,
Let me entreat you, ere from hence I pass,
Perhaps from you for evermore away,
Think that no common love hath fir'd my breast,
Nor base desire, but virtue truly known,
Which I may love, and wish to have possess'd,
Were you the high'st as fair'st of any one;
'Tis not your lovely eye enforcing flames,
Nor beauteous red beneath a snowy skin,
That so much binds me yours, or makes you fame's,
As the pure light and beauty shrin'd within:
Yet outward parts I must affect of duty,
As for the smell we like the rose's beauty.





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