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Edmund Spenser (Эдмунд Спенсер)


Amoretti 21. Was it the worke of Nature or of Art


Was it the worke of Nature or of Art,
Which tempred so the feature of her face,
That pride and meeknesse, mist by equall part,
Doe both appeare t’adorne her beauties grace?
For with mild pleasance, which doth pride displace,
She to her love doth lookers eyes allure;
And with stern countenance back again doth chace
Their looser lookes that stir up lustes impure.
With such strange termes* her eyes she doth inure,
That with one looke she doth my life dismay,
And with another doth it streight recure:
Her smile me drawes; her frowne me drives away.
  Thus doth she traine and teach me with her lookes;
  Such art of eyes I never read in bookes!

[* Termes, extremes (?).] 



Edmund Spenser's other poems:
  1. Amoretti 10. Unrighteous Lord of love, what law is this
  2. Amoretti 24. When I behold that beauties wonderment
  3. Amoretti 61. The glorious image of the Makers beautie
  4. Amoretti 36. Tell me, when shall these wearie woes have end
  5. Amoretti 52. So oft as homeward I from her depart


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