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Silvia (Shakespeare)

From The Two Gentlemen of Verona


Who is Silvia? What is she?
    That all our swains commend her?
Holy, fair, and wise is she:
    The heaven such grace did lend her,
That she might admirèd be.

Is she kind as she is fair?
    For beauty lives with kindness:
Love doth to her eyes repair,
    To help him of his blindness;
And, being help’d, inhabits there.

Then to Silvia let us sing,
    That Silvia is excelling;
She excels each mortal thing
    Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.