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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)

    It shall be sparing, and too full of ryot,
    Teaching decrepit age to tread the measures,
    The staring ruffian shall it keepe in quiet,
    1150Pluck down the rich, in rich the poore with treasures,
    It shall be raging mad, and sillie milde,
    Make the yoong old, the old become a childe.