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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)

    "Hard-favored tyrant, ugly, meager, lean,
    Hateful divorce of love," thus chides she death.
    "Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what dost thou mean
    To stifle beauty and to steal his breath,
    935Who, when he lived, his breath and beauty set
    Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?