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BLUSHES
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[ Also see Bashfulness Beauty Chastity Delicacy Diffidence Innocence Modesty Purity Shame ]

I ask, that I might waken reverence,
  And bid the cheek be ready with a blush
    Modest as morning when she coldly eyes
      The youthful Phoebus,
        Which is that god in office, guiding men?
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Aeneas at I, iii)

Yet will she blush, here be it said,
  To bear her secrets so bewrayed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Passionate Pilgrim (XVIII, l. 53),
        a poem of doubtful authenticity

His kindled duty kindled her mistrust,
  That two red fires in both faces blazed.
    She thought he blushed as knowing Tarquin's lust,
      And, blushing with him, wistly on him gazed;
        Her earnest eye did make him more amazed.
      - William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
         (l. 1,352)

Where now I have no one to blush with me,
  To cross their arms and hang their heads with mine,
    To mask their brows and hide their infamy;
      But I alone, alone must sit and pine,
        Seasoning the earth with show'rs of silver brine,
          Mingling my talk with tears, my grief with groans,
            Poor wasting monuments of lasting moans.
      - William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
         (l. 792)

Come, quench your blushes and present yourself
  That which you are, mistress o' th' feast.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Shepherd at IV, iv)

Her cheeks blushing, and withal, when she was spoken to, a little smiling, were like roses when their leaves are with a little breath stirred.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Though looks and words, by the strong mastery of his practiced will, are overruled, the mounting blood betrays an impulse in its secret spring too deep for his control.
      - Robert Southey

Troubled blood through his pale face was seen to come and go, with tidings from his heart, as it a running messenger had been.
      - Edmund Spenser

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
      - Jonathan Swift

The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame,--when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.
      - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord

He blushes: all is safe.
  [Lat., Erubuit: salva res est.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (IV, 5, 9)

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Following the Equator (ch. 27)

Blushes cannot be counterfeited.
      - Marguerite de Valois

A faint blush melting through the light of thy transparent cheek like a rose-leaf bathed in dew.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

The lily and the rose in her fair face striving for precedence.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis

The man that blushes is not quite a brute.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night VII, l. 496)


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