Shakespeare, Compliments on her Complexion

the brightness of her cheeks would shame those starsThe brightness of her cheek would shame those stars,
As daylight doth lamp…” 
(Romeo and Juliet, act 2, sc. 2)

Tips for use. Lay it thick,  “the brightness of your cheek would shame those stars…lamp.” Are the lady’s cheeks not as bright she would like them to be? Does she apply make up? Latin poet Ovid suggests that her make-up process should not be watched by anyone. ‘So while you are at your parlor let us think you are asleep; it is more fitting that you should be seen only when the last touch has been applied. Why must I know the cause of the whiteness of your cheeks? Close your chamber door: why show the unfinished work? There is much that it befits men not to know; most of your doings would offend, did you not hide them within.’ (Art Of Love, book 3).
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In the play. Romeo sees Juliet at her balcony while he is down in her garden.

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