A reader finds some poetic back-up:
The cyclops Polyphemous to his beloved, Galatea:
Abundant hair hangs over my fierce face
and shoulders, shading me, just like a grove;
but don't think me unsightly just because
I am completely covered in dense bristles:
unsightly is the tree that has no leaves,
the horse without a mane; birds have their plumage
and sheep are most attractive in their wool,
so facial hair and a full body beard
are really most becoming in a man.
Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book XIII (trans. Charles Martin)
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