Semper Munditias, Semper, Bassilessa, Decores.

Dress, at all hours arranged with studious care1
O Bassilessa, and adornment nice,2
Locks, at all hours, of never-wandering hair3
Sleek’d by solicitous comb to curls precise,4
Delight not me : but unconstrain’d attire.5
And she whose beauty doth itself neglect.6
Free are her floating locks : nor need she have7
Colours or odours, who, herself, is deckt8
In natural loveliness—a living flower !9
Ever to feign, in order to be loved,10
Is never to confide in love. The power11
Of beauty, best in simplest garb is proved.12