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4 Works of William Shakespeare

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Venus and Adonis

Story type: Literature

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‘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 […]

A Lover’s Complaint

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From off a hill whose concave womb re-wordedA plaintful story from a sistering vale,My spirits to attend this double voice accorded,And down I laid to list the sad-tun’d tale;Ere long espied a fickle maid full pale,Tearing of papers, breaking rings a-twain,Storming her world with sorrow’s wind and rain. Upon her head a platted hive of […]

The Rape of Lucrece

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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE HENRY WRIOTHESLY, EARL OF SOUTHHAMPTON, AND BARON OF TICHFIELD. THE love I dedicate to your lordship is without end; whereof this pamphlet, without beginning, is but a superfluous moiety. The warrant I have of your honourable disposition, not the worth of my untutored lines, makes it assured of acceptance. What I […]

Let the bird of loudest lay,On the sole Arabian tree,Herald sad and trumpet be,To whose sound chaste wings obey. But thou, shrieking harbinger,Foul pre-currer of the fiend,Augur of the fever’s end,To this troop come thou not near. From this session interdictEvery fowl of tyrant wing,Save the eagle, feather’d king:Keep the obsequy so strict. Let the […]