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Fair Samela

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Like to Diana in her summer weed,
Girt with a crimson robe of brightest dye,
                          Goes fair Samela;

Whiter than be the flocks that straggling feed,
When wash'd by Arethusa's fount they lie,
                          Is fair Samela;

As fair Aurora in her morning gray,
Deck'd with the ruddy glister of her love,
                          Is fair Samela;

Like lovely Thetis on a calmèd day,
Whenas her brightness Neptune's fancy move,
                          Shines fair Samela;

Her tresses gold, her eyes like glassy streams,
Her teeth are pearl, the breasts are ivory
                          Of fair Samela;

Her cheeks, like rose and lily, yield forth gleams,
Her brows, bright arches fram'd of ebony;
                          Thus fair Samela

Passeth fair Venus in her bravest hue,
And Juno in the show of majesty,
                          (For she's Samela!)

Pallas in wit,--all three, if you well view,
For beauty, wit, and matchless dignity
                          Yield to Samela.

Robert Greene (1558 – 1592)


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