February 13, 2011

Beauty Clear and Fair

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--Description: 17th C, Fletcher, J., Beauty, Love--
 


BEAUTY clear and fair,
Where the air
Rather like a perfume dwells;
Where the violet and the rose
Their blue veins and blush disclose,
And come to honour nothing else:

Where to live near
And planted there
Is to live, and still live new;
Where to gain a favour is
More than light, perpetual bliss--
Make me live by serving you!

Dear, again back recall
To this light,
A stranger to himself and all!
Both the wonder and the story
Shall be yours, and eke the glory;
I am your servant, and your thrall.



John Fletcher

--Did You Know: His father Richard Fletcher was an ambitious and successful cleric who was in turn Dean of Peterborough, Bishop of Bristol, Bishop of Worcester, and Bishop of London (shortly before his death) as well as chaplain to Queen Elizabeth.

--Word of the Day: denigrate \DEN-i-greyt\, verb
Meaning: to attack the character or reputation of; defame
Example: My sister denigrates her husband in every conversation.

--Quote of the Day: Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.
(Jacqueline Bisset)

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