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She Is Not Fair to Outward View
Words by Hartley Coleridge.
Dedicated to Arthur Duke Coleridge.
Published by Boosey & Co., 1866.


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Hartley Coleridge (1746-1849) was the eldest son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and a minor poet whose literary reputation chiefly rests on his works of criticism, on his Prometheus, an unfinished lyric drama, and on his sonnets.

Arthur Coleridge (1830-1913) was a keen amateur musician and the possessor of a fine tenor voice. He was a friend of Otto Goldschmidt and his wife, Jenny Lind-Goldschmidt, the famous ‘Swedish Nightingale', and was one of a small group who met at their house to sing madrigals and motets under Goldschmidt's baton.

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She is not fair to outward view
As other maidens be.
Her loveliness I never knew,
Until she smil'd on me,
Until she smil'd on me.
Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,
A well of love, a spring of light,
Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,
A well of love, a spring of light.

But now her looks are coy and cold,
To mine they ne'er reply,
And yet I cease not to behold
The love-light in her eye,
The love-light in her eye:
Her very frowns are fairer far,
Than smiles of other maidens are.
Her very frowns are fairer far,
Than smiles of other maidens are.

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