by Robert Herrick

SWEET, be not proud of those two eyes
Which, starlike, sparkle in their skies ;
Nor be you proud that you can see
All hearts your captives, yours yet free ;
Be you not proud of that rich hair
Which wantons with the love-sick air ;
Whenas that ruby which you wear,
Sunk from the tip of your soft ear,
Will last to be a precious stone
When all your world of beauty's gone.

Palma Vecchio (Jacopo Negretti, Italian, 1480-1528). Portrait of a Woman (La Bella).
Palma Vecchio (1480-1528).
Portrait of a Woman (La Bella).

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 74.

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