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Venus and Adonis
William Shakespeare

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VENUS AND ADONIS 

by William Shakespeare 

'Villa miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo
Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.' 

TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE HENRY WRIOTHESLEY, 

EARL OF SOUHAMPTON, AND BARON OF TICHFIELD. 

RIGHT HONOURABLE, 

I know not how I shall offend in dedicating my unpolished lines
to your lordship, nor how the world will censure me for choosing
so strong a prop to support so weak a burthen: only, if your
honour seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow
to take advantage of all idle hours, till I have honoured you
with some graver labour.  But if the first heir of my invention

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