by Sir John Suckling

OF thee, kind boy, I ask no red and white,
                     To make up my delight ;
                     No odd becoming graces,
Black eyes, or little know-not-whats in faces ;
Make me but mad enough, give me good store
Of love for her I court :
                     I ask no more,
'Tis love in love that makes the sport.

There's no such thing as that we beauty call,
                     It is mere cosenage all ;
                     For though some long ago
Lik'd certain colours mingled so and so,
That doth not tie me now from choosing new :
If I fancy take
                     To black and blue,
That fancy doth it beauty make.

'Tis not the meant, but 'tis the appetite
                     Makes eating a delight,
                     And if I like one dish
More than another, that a pheasant is ;
What in our watches, that in us is found ;
So to the height and nick
                     We up be wound,
No matter by what hand or trick.

Suckling, John. The Works of Sir John Suckling. A. Hamilton Thompson, ed.
London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd., 1910. 15.

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