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William Shakespeare :
They that have power to hurt and will do none, That do not do the thing they most do show, Who, moving others, are themselves as stone, Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow— They rightly do inherit heaven's graces And husband nature's riches from expense; They are the lords and owners of their faces, Others but stewards of their excellence. The summer's flower is to the summer sweet, Though to itself it only live and die; But if that flower with base infection meet, The basest weed outbraves his dignity: For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.
[William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet. They that have power to hurt and will do none (l. 1-14). . . The Unabridged William Shakespeare, William George Clark and William Aldis Wright, eds. (1989) Running Press.]
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Giles Fletcher, The Elder :
In time the strong and stately turrets fall, In time the rose and silver lilies die, In time the monarchs captive are, and thrall, In time the sea and rivers are made dry; The hardest flint in time doth melt asunder; Still living fame in time doth fade away; The mountains proud we see in time come under; And earth, for age, we see in time decay. The sun in time forgets for to retire From out the east where he was wont to rise; The basest thoughts we see in time aspire, And greedy minds in time do wealth despise. Thus all, sweet Fair, in time must have an end, Except thy beauty, virtues, and thy friend.
[Giles Fletcher, The Elder (c.1549-1611), British writer, diplomat. Licia (l. 14-15). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.]
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Ben Jonson :
Have you seen but a bright lily grow Before rude hands have touch'd it? Have you mark'd but the fall of the snow Before the soil hath smutch'd it? Have you felt the wool of the beaver, Or swan's down ever? Or have smelt of the bud of the brier, Or the nard in the fire? Or have tasted the bag of the bee? O so white, O so soft, O so sweet is she!
[Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. A Celebration of Charis in Ten Lyrick Peeces (l. 21-30). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.]
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John Gay :
O ruddier than the cherry, O sweeter than the berry, O Nymph more bright Than moonshine night, Like kidlings blithe and merry. Ripe as the melting cluster, No lily has such lustre, Yet hard to tame, As raging flame, And fierce as storms that bluster.
[John Gay (1685-1732), British poet. Acis and Galatea (l. 1-10). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.]
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Ben Jonson :
It is not growing like a tree In bulk, doth make man better be, Or standing long an oak, three hundred year, To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere: A lily of a day Is fairer far in May Although it fall and die that night; It was the plant and flower of light. In small proportions we just beauties see, And in short measures life may perfect be.
[Ben Jonson (1572-1637), British dramatist, poet. To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir Henry Morison (l. 65-74). . . The Complete Poems [Ben Jonson]. George Parfitt, ed. (1988) Penguin.]
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Alfred Tennyson :
She left the web, she left the loom, She made three paces through the room, She saw the water-lily bloom, She saw the helmet and the plume, She looked down to Camelot. Out flew the web and floated wide; The mirror cracked from side to side; "The curse is come upon me," cried The Lady of Shalott.
[Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), British poet. The Lady of Shalott, pt. 3, st. 5 (1832, rev. 1842). The Lady of Shalott defies the injunction not to gaze upon the world unless through a mirror, as Lancelot passes.]
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Robert Herrick :
You have beheld a smiling Rose When Virgins hands have drawn O'r it a Cobweb-Lawne: And here, you see, this Lilly shows, Tomb'd in a Christal stone, More faire in this transparent case, Than when it grew alone; And had but single grace.
[Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. The Lilly in a Christal (l. 1-8). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.]
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Robert Herrick :
Thus let this Christal'd Lillie be A Rule, how far to teach, Your nakednesse must reach: And that, no further, than we see Those glaring colours laid By Arts wise hand, but to this end They sho'd obey a shade; Lest they too far extend.
[Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. The Lilly in a Christal (l. 41-48). . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 1983) W. W. Norton & Company.]
John Milton :
Listen where thou art sitting Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, In twisted braids of lilies knitting The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair; Listen for dear honour's sake, Goddess of the silver lake, Listen and save.
[John Milton (1608-1674), British poet. Comus; a Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle (l. 860-866). . . The Complete Poetry of John Milton. John T. Shawcross, ed. (1963, rev. ed. 1971) Doubleday.]
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Alfred Tennyson :
There has fallen a splendid tear From the passion-flower at the gate. She is coming, my dove, my dear; She is coming, my life, my fate; The red rose cries, 'She is near, she is near;' And the white rose weeps, 'She is late;' The larkspur listens, 'I hear, I hear;' And the lily whispers, \'I wait.'
[Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), British poet. Maud (l. 164-168). . . Tennyson; a Selected Edition. Christopher Ricks, ed. (1989) University of California Press.]
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