If she be made of white and red, Her faults will ne'er be known, For blushing cheeks by faults are bred And fears by pale white shown: Then if she fear, or be to blame, By this you shall not know, For still her cheeks possess the same Which native she doth owe. A dangerous rhyme, master, against the reason of white and red.
- by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), appears in Love's Labour's Lost, Act I, Scene 2. [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gerald Finzi (1901 - 1956), "If she be made of white and red", op. 28a no. 3 (1946-7) [voice, small orchestra], from Four Songs from Love's Labours Lost, no. 3. [text verified 1 time]
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