- Sir, My appetite is sick, for want of a capacity to digest your Favours.
- Sir, 'Tis no wonder there is so little goodness in the world, since by the rich stock of Vertue that rests in you, others are become bankrupts!
- Sir, When I have finisht your desires, I should in reat you to reserve some new Commands, so great a pleasure I take in being yours.
- Sir, You have deserved more services from me, than my life is able to perform.
- Sir, Your bounties have been showr'd upon me with such excess, that I am uncapable of a Complement.
- Sir, I congratulate your happy presence.
- Sir, May this meeting create a lasting League of Amity betwixt us.
- Sir, I should be entirely happy, should I finde an occasion to imprint the Characters of your Vertues in my brest, by a more firm acquaintance.
- Madam, It is impossible any one should see your beauty and not become a captive.
- Madam, In those smiling dimples, Cupid hath pitched his Tents.
- Fair one, your feature and your vertues excel all mortal sence.
- Madam, You have vanquished me, I am an eternal prisoner to your beauty.
Old men are grey, Old men are grey,
I'm a lusty bonny young Lass,
And I prithee Old man away.
- Cover illustration from The New Academy of Complements
- Frans Hals, Married couple in a garden, 1622, Web Gallery of Art (hereafter WGA).
- Thomas de Kyser, A portrait of a lady, 1632, WGA.
- Thomas de Kyser, A protrait of a gentleman, 1632, WGA.
- Rose and petals photgraph from ibiblio
- Frans Fracken II, A young lady and a and a cavlier holding a letter, 17th century, WGA.
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