Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ORNAMENT, by HENRY VAUGHAN

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First Line: The lucky world showed me one day
Last Line: For she is bravest, you confess.
Alternate Author Name(s): Silurist

The lucky world showed me one day
Her gorgeous mart and glittering store,
Where with proud haste the rich made way
To buy, the poor came to adore.

Serious they seemed and bought up all
The latest modes of pride and lust,
Although the first must surely fall,
And the last is most loathsome dust.

But while each gay, alluring wear
With idle hearts and busy looks
They viewed (for idleness hath there
Laid up all her archives and books)

Quite through their proud and pompous file
Blushing, and in meek weeds arrayed,
With native looks, which knew no guile,
Came the sheep-keeping Syrian maid.

Whom straight the shining row all faced,
Forced by her artless looks and dress,
While one cried out, We are disgraced
For she is bravest, you confess.

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