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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Robert Greene. 1560–92
  
103. Samela
  
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 faint they lie,         5
        Is fair Samela. 
As fair Aurora in her morning grey, 
  Deck'd with the ruddy glister of her love 
        Is fair Samela; 
Like lovely Thetis on a calmèd day  10
  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;  15
Her cheeks like rose and lily yield forth gleams; 
  Her brows 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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