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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)

    "What canst thou talk?" quoth she. "Hast thou a tongue?
    O, would thou hadst not, or I had no hearing.
    Thy mermaid's voice hath done me double wrong.
    430I had my load before, now pressed with bearing,
    Melodious discord, heavenly tune harsh sounding,
    Ears' deep sweet music, and heart's deep sore wounding.