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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)

    Full gently now she takes him by the hand,
    A lily prisoned in a jail of snow,
    Or ivory in an alabaster band;
    So white a friend engirds so white a foe.
    365This beauteous combat, willful and unwilling,
    Showed like two silver doves that sit a-billing.