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Whitney's Choice of Emblemes 57

Aethiopem lavare

Leave of with paine, the blackamore to skowre,
With washinge ofte, and wipinge more then due:
For thou shalt finde, that Nature is of powre,
Doe what thou canste, to keepe his former hue:
Thoughe with a forke, wee Nature thruste awaie,
Shee turnes againe, if wee withdrawe our hande:
And thoughe, wee ofte to conquer her assaie,
Yet all in vaine, shee turnes if still wee stande:
   Then evermore, in what thou doest assaie,
   Let reason rule, and doe the thinges thou maie.