Oh, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
By that sweet ornament which truth doth give?
The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem
For that sweet odour which doth in it live.
The canker blooms have full as deep a dye
As the perfumed tincture of the roses
Hang on such thorns, and play as wantonly
When summer’s breath their masked buds discloses
But, for their virtue only is their show,
They live unwooed, and unrespected fade,
Die to themselves. Sweet roses do not so;
The unwooed blush not, but, unpruned, bear
Their fruit, and are, to them, their own love’s spies,
Which, to their sweet selves, in their sweet leaves,
All, in their colours, painted, are, to show
How sweet and fair they are: yet, in their show,
Who looks, may see their pilfered sweets; which steal,
And in their colours, their own hearts’ shadows see;
For, to themselves, they do their bosoms bleed.