Keep Beauty from Fading
Casting Instructions for 'Keep Beauty from Fading'
When all your face appears most fair,
When the comets and meteors gild your hair,
And in your eyes the moon and sun
Contest, surrender, and burn as one,
When ivory Venus smoothens your brow,
And Mars recurves your lips' red bow,
Make haste to utter this binding verse
And hold the stars on their kindest course...
"Figure of fire,
That shift and change,
Planets that move
By heaven's hinge,
Be signed and fixed
And close my image
Within thy sphere."
Measure a yard of golden string,
Loose from your fingers let it swing,
Then tie it in thirteen sturdy knots,
Hide it among your scents and pots .
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