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VENUS AND ADONIS.

Villia miretur vulgus, mihi flavus Apollo
Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.

Ovid, Amor. I. 1. el. 15.

TO THE

Right Honourable

HENRY WRIOTHESLY,

EARL OF SOUTHAMPTON, 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 chusing so strong a prop to support so weak a burden, only if your honour seem but pleased, I account 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 godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. 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.

Your honour's in all duty,

WILL. SHAKESPEARE.

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