No Fault In Women

No fault in women, to refuse
The offer which they most would chuse.
- No fault: in women, to confess
How tedious they are in their dress;
- No fault in women, to lay on
The tincture of vermilion;
And there to give the cheek a dye
Of white, where Nature doth deny.
- No fault in women, to make show
Of largeness, when they're nothing so;
When, true it is, the outside swells
With inward buckram, little else.
- No fault in women, though they be
But seldom from suspicion free;
- No fault in womankind at all,
If they but slip, and never fall.

by Robert Herrick

Comments (3)

Sometimes 'beautiful' says it all. This is one of those times. Rare lines from one of the rarest poets on this site. Warmest regards, Sandra
Your poem touched my spirit as no other poems did. This is what I silently whisper to my children deep in the night when I can't sleep thinking about them so far away from home.
There is no way to rate this poem, Uriah... I feel those words so easily when I think of my children. This is the most beautiful poem, and now my new favorite. I think you've outdone yourself, Uriah! Lee xoxo