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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet CXXX.

“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”

MY mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun 
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red: 
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; 
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. 
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,         5
But no such roses see I in her cheeks; 
And in some perfumes is there more delight 
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. 
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know 
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:  10
I grant I never saw a goddess go,— 
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: 
  And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare 
  As any she belied with false compare. 



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