Ignore her beauty, glance away
Before the heart is led astray
By loveliness that’s sworn to fade,
And search for features not displayed.
The more that shows, the more that lacks,
Yes, hush the heart and heed these facts.
O never talk to pretty girls,
Makers of days, breakers of worlds.
No, talk to those of sterling mind,
The ones your eyes would see declined,
Of whom your parents would approve,
For they have learnt that passions move
With greatest speed towards a snare.
So look away when beauty’s there
But quick! before your temperance melts,
And give your glance to someone else.