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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

The Passionate Pilgrim, IX.

“Fair was the morn when the fair queen of love”


FAIR was the morn when the fair queen of love,
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Paler for sorrow than her milk-white dove, 
For Adon’s sake, a youngster proud and wild; 
Her stand she takes upon a steep-up hill: 
Anon Adonis comes with horn and hounds;         5
She, silly queen, with more than love’s good will, 
Forbade the boy he should not pass those grounds: 
‘Once,’ quoth she, ‘did I see a fair sweet youth 
Here in these brakes deep-wounded with a boar, 
Deep in the thigh, a spectacle of ruth!  10
See, in my thigh,’ quoth she, ‘here was the sore. 
  She showed hers; he saw more wounds than one, 
  And blushing fled, and left her all alone. 


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