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  • Title: Venus and Adonis (Quarto 1, 1593)
  • 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 (Quarto 1, 1593)


    VVhat is thy bodie but a swallowing graue,
    Seeming to burie that posteritie,
    VVhich by the rights of time thou needs must haue,
    760If thou destroy them not in darke obscuritie?
    If so the world will hold thee indisdaine,
    Sith in thy pride, so faire a hope is slaine.