She's passing fair, but so demure is she
     So quiet is her gown, so smooth her hair,
That few there are who note her and agree
     She's passing fair.

Yet when was ever beauty held more rare
Than simple heart and maiden modesty?
What fostered charms with virtue could compare?

Alas, no lover ever stops to see;
The best that she is offered is the air.
Yet—if the passing mark is minus
     She's passing fair.

From Enough Rope (Boni & Liveright, 1926) by Dorothy Parker. This poem is in the public domain.