A RONDEAU

Beauty of face and form is rare indeed,
The apple-polishing of Nature's plan;
Much is it praised, and much desired of man,
Yet some men, spite of Nature, pay no heed,
And, where there's less than beauty, there they plead
Their cause, and for another reason than
Beauty.

They are not blind, these men, nor do they feed
On lesser hopes, illusions. No, they can
See truer far, since wisely they began
To seek the generous hearts that truly breed
Beauty.

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