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  • Title: Venus and Adonis (Modern)
  • Editor: Hardy M. Cook
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-411-0

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editor: Hardy M. Cook
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    Venus and Adonis (Modern)

    "Therefore, despite of fruitless chastity,
    Love-lacking vestals and self-loving nuns,
    That on the earth would breed a scarcity
    And barren dearth of daughters and of sons,
    755Be prodigal: the lamp that burns by night
    Dries up his oil to lend the world his light.