James Shirley

(September 1596 – October 1666 / London, England)

To a Lady Upon a Looking-Glass Sent


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.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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