Refusing You Immortality

If I should tell, unstinted,
Your beauty and your grace,
All future lads would whisper
Traditions of your face;

If I made public tumult
Your mirth, your queenly state,
Posterity would grumble
That it was born too late.

I will not frame your beauty
In bright undying phrase,
Nor blaze it as a legend
For unborn men to praise —
For why should future lovers
Be saddened and depressed?
Deluded, let them fancy
Their own girls loveliest!
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