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The undertaking.
I have done one braver thing
Than all the Worthies did;
And yet a braver thence doth spring,
Which is, to keepe that hid.
It were but madnesse now t'impart
The skill of specular stone,
When he which can have learn'd the art,
To cut it can finde none.
So, if I now should utter this,
Others (because no more
Such stuffe to worke upon, there is,)
Would love but as before:
But hee who lovelinesse within
Hath found, all outward loathes,
For he who colour loves, and skinne,
Loves but their oldest clothes.
If, as I have, you also doe
Vertue in woman see,
And dare love that, and say so too,
And forget the Hee and Shee;
And if this love, though placed so,
From prophane men you hide
Which will no faith on this bestow,
Or, if they doe, deride:

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