Venus and Adonis

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Prologue

       
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  • Shakespeare. 'Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo
    Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.'
  • Shakespeare. TO THE
    RIGHT HONORABLE HENRY WRIOTHESLY,
    EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON, AND BARON OF TICHFIELD. 5
  • Shakespeare. RIGHT HONORABLE,
    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
    burden only, if your honour seem but pleased, I account 10
    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 prove deformed, I shall be
    sorry it had so noble a god-father, and never after ear so
    barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. 15
    I leave it to your honourable survey, and your honour to your
    heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish
    and the world's hopeful expectation.
  • Shakespeare. Your honour's in all duty,
    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. 20

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