The Dark Lady
- Producer: Kate Baxter
She appears as the Dark Lady in the Shakespeare sonnets below, but we know her as the published poet, Amelia Bassano Lanier (1569-1645).
For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright.
Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
Then will I swear beauty herself is black.
And all they foul that thy complexion lack.
My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun.
Coral is far more red, than her lips red.
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun:
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head:
Thy black is fairest in my judgment's place.
In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
And thence this slander as I think proceeds.