By Robert Herrick

WHAT I fancy I approve,
No dislike there is in love :
Be my mistress short or tall,
And distorted therewithal :
Be she likewise one of those,
That an acre hath of nose :
Be her forehead and her eyes
Full of incongruities :
Be her cheeks so shallow too,
As to show her tongue wag through ;
Be her lips ill hung or set,
And her grinders black as jet :
Hath she thin hair, hath she none,
She's to me a paragon.


Bernardo Strozzi. Old Woman at the Mirror. c.1615.
Bernardo Strozzi. Old Woman at the Mirror. c.1615.

Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 11.

Backto Works of Robert Herrick

Site copyright ©1996-2001 Anniina Jokinen. All Rights Reserved.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on January 14, 1998. Last updated on February 9, 2001.

Background from a tile by Stormi Wallpaper Boutique.