Thomas Carew

The Unfading Beauty

HE that loves a rosy cheek,
    Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
    Fuel to maintain his fires:
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.

But a smooth and steadfast mind,
    Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,
    Kindle never-dying fires.
Where these are not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.

About the poet
Thomas Carew
By the same poet
Persuasions to Joy: a Song
To His Inconstant Mistress
Ingrateful Beauty threatened
Epitaph: On the Lady Mary Villiers
Another Epitaph
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