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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
By Robert Greene (1558–1592)
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 washed by Arethusa faint they lie,        5
                    Is fair Samela;
As fair Aurora in her morning grey,
Decked with the ruddy glister of her love,
                    Is fair Samela;
Like lovely Thetis on a calmèd day,        10
When as 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;        15
Her cheeks, like rose and lily yield forth gleams,
Her brow’s bright arches framed of ebony;
                    Thus fair Samela
Passeth fair Venus in her bravest hue,
And Juno in the show of majesty,        20
                    For she’s Samela,
Pallas in wit; all three, if you well view,
For beauty, wit, and matchless dignity
                    Yield to Samela.

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