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

The blushing cheek speaks modest mind,
  The lips befitting words most kind,
    The eye does tempt to love's desire,
      And seems to, say 'tis "Cupid's fire."
      - James Harrington (Harington)

Blushing is the colour of virtue.
      - Matthew (Mathew) Henry, Commentaries
         (Jeremiah, III)

Such a blush
  In the midst of brown was born,
    Like red poppies grown with corn.
      - Thomas Hood, Ruth

One day, a daughter of Aristotle, Pythias by name, was asked what color pleased her most. She replied, "The color with which modesty suffuses the face of simple, inoffensive men."
      - Joseph Joubert

Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
  [Fr., Les hommes rougissent moins de leur crimes que de leurs faiblesses et de leur vanite.]
      - Jean de la Bruyere, Les Caracteres (II)

Had he not long read the heart's hushed secret in the soft, dark eye, lighted at his approach, and on the cheek, coloring all crimson at his lightest look?
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

On her cheek blushes the richness of an autumn sky with ever-shifting beau-ty.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The rose was budded in her cheek, just opening to the view.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

Innocence is not accustomed to blush.
  [Fr., L'innocence a rougir n'est point accoutumee.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Don Garcie de Navarre (II, 5)

Playful blushes, that seemed nought
  But luminous escapes of thought.
      - Thomas Moore

Young roses kindled into thought.
      - Thomas Moore

While mantling on the maiden's cheek
  Young roses kindled into thought.
      - Thomas Moore, Evenings in Greece
         (Evening, II, Song)

Blushes are the rainbow of modesty.
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

The inconvenience or the beauty of the blush, which is the greater?
      - Madame Suzanne Curchod Necker

Give me the eloquent cheek,
  When blushes burn and die
    Like thine its changes speak,
      The spirit's purity.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

The modest fan was lifted up no more, and virgins smiled at what they blushed before.
      - Alexander Pope

From every blush that kindles in thy cheeks,
  Ten thousand little loves and graces spring
    To revel in the roses.
      - Nicholas Rowe, Tamerlane (act I, sc. 1)

Like the last beam of evening thrown on a white cloud, just seen and gone.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Bid the cheek be ready with a blush, modest as Morning when she coldly eyes the youthful Phoebus.
      - William Shakespeare

By noting of the lady I have mark'd
  A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames,
      In angel whiteness bear away those blushes.
      - William Shakespeare

Such war of white and red within her cheeks.
      - William Shakespeare

The heart's meteors tilting in the face.
      - William Shakespeare

I will go wash;
  And when my face is fair, you shall perceive
    Whether I blush or no.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Coriolanus at I, ix)

Fit thy consent to my sharp appetite,
  Lay by all nicety and prolixious blushes,
    That banish what they sue for: redeem thy brother
      By yielding up thy body to my will,
        Or else he must not only die the death,
          But thy unkindess shall his death draw out
            To ling'ring sufferance.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, iv)

I have marked
  A thousand blushing apparitions
    To start into her face, a thousand innocent shames
      In angel whiteness beat away those blushes,
        And in her eye there hath appeared a fire
          To burn the errors that these princes hold
            Against her maiden truth.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Friar Francis at IV, i)


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