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

The Passionate Pilgrim, XI.

“Venus, with young Adonis sitting by her”


VENUS, with young Adonis sitting by her 
Under a myrtle shade, began to woo him: 
She told the youngling how god Mars did try her, 
And as he fell to her, so fell she to him. 
‘Even thus,’ quoth she, ‘the war-like god embrac’d me,’         5
And then she clipp’d Adonis in her arms; 
‘Even thus,’ quoth she, ‘the war-like god unlac’d me,’ 
As if the boy should use like loving charms. 
‘Even thus,’ quoth she, ‘he seized on my lips,’ 
And with her lips on his did act the seizure;  10
And as she fetched breath, away he skips, 
And would not take her meaning nor her pleasure. 
  Ah! that I had my lady at this bay, 
  To kiss and clip me till I run away. 


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