To a Lady upon a Looking-Glass Sent
by James Shirley

When this crystal shall present
                 Your beauty to your eye,
Think that lovely face was meant
                 To dress another by.
        For not to make them proud,
        These glasses are allowed
                 To those are fair,
                 But to compare
The inward beauty with the outward grace,
And make them fair in soul as well as face.

Rubens (1577-1640). The Toilet of Venus.
Rubens (1577-1640). The Toilet of Venus.
From CGFA.

Ben Jonson and the Cavalier Poets. Hugh Maclean, Ed.
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1974. 193.


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