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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)

    When he did frown, O, had she then gave over,
    Such nectar from his lips she had not sucked.
    Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover.
    What though the rose have prickles, yet 'tis plucked.
    575Were beauty under twenty locks kept fast,
    Yet love breaks through and picks them all at last.