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POEMS.

VENUS AND ADONIS.

EVEN as the sun, with purple-coloured face, Had ta’en his last leave of the weeping inorn, Rose-cheek'd Adonis hied him to the chase: Hunting he lov’d, but love he laugh'd to scorn.

Sick-thoughted Venus makes amain unto him, And like a bold-fac'd suitor, 'gins to wou him.

Thrice fairer than myself! (thus she began)
The field's sweet Aower ! sweet above compare!
Stain to all nymphs! more lovely than a man!
More white and red than doves or roses are !

Nature, that made thee, with herself at strife,
Saith, that the world hath ending with thy life.

Vouchsafe, thou wonder! to alight thy steed,
And rein his proud head to the saddle-bow;
If thou wilt deign this favour, for thy meed,
A thousand honey secrets shalt thou know.

Here come and sit, where serpent never hisses,
And being set, I'll smother thee with kisses.

VENUS AND ADONIS.

And yet not cloy thy lips with loathed-satiety,
But rather famish them amid their plenty ;
Making them red and pale with fresh variety :
Ten kisses short as one, one long as twenty.

A summer's day will seem an hour but short,
Being wasted in such time-beguiling sport.

With this she seizeth on his sweating palm, ..
The president of pith and livelihood,
And trembling in her passion calls it balm ;
Earth's sovereign salve to do a goddess good.

Being so enrag’d, desire doth lend her force,
Courageously to pluck him from his horse..

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Over one arm the lusty courser's rein, .
Under the other was the tender boy,
Who blush'd and pouted in a dull disdain, ..
With leaden appetite, unapt to toy..

She red and hot, as coals of glowing fire,
He red for shame, but frosty in desire.

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The studded bridle, on a ragged bough
Nimbly she fastens ; (Oh, how quick is love !)
The steed is stalled up, and even now
To tie the rider she begins to prove.

Backward she push'd him, as she would be thrust,
And govern'd him in strength, tho' not in lust,

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Over one arm the lusty Coursers reind
Under the other was the tender boy.

Venus and Adonis. Vol 1. p. 2.

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