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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)


    If he be dead, ô no, it cannot be,
    Seeing his beautie, thou shouldst strike at it,
    Oh yes, it may, thou hast no eyes to see,
    940But hatefully at randon doest thou hit,
    Thy marke is feeble age, but thy false dart,
    Mistakes that aime, and cleaues an infants hart.