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In the Dark None Dainty

by Robert Herrick, 1648

Night hides our thefts, all faults then pardon’d be;
All are alike fair when no spots we see.
Lais and Lucrece in the night-time are
Pleasing alike, alike both singular:
Joan and my lady have at that time one,
One and the self-same priz’d complexion:
Then please alike the pewter and the plate,
The chosen ruby, and the reprobate.

Published in Hesperides

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