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Premes witten by Mr William
Trans No To Strand, rear
[ this edition is assigned in the Manchester
Joiner to Capell's edition of the Plays.
ADON I S.
Vilia miretur vulgus, mihi flavus Apollo
To the Right Honourable
Earl of Southampton, and Baron of Tichfield.
I know not how I fhall offend, in dedicating my unpolished lines to your lordfhip; nor how the world will cenfure me, for chufing fo ftrong a prop to fupport fo weak a burden: only if your honour feem but pleased, I account myfelf highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours, till Í have honoured you with fome graver labour. But if the firft heir of my invention prove deformed, I fhall be forry it had fo noble a godfather, and never after ear so barren a land, for fear it yield me ftill fo bad a harvest. I leave it to your honourable furvey, and your honour to your heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wifh, and the world's hopeful expectation.
Your Honour's in all duty,
VENUS and ADONIS.
Even as the fun, with purple-coloured face,
Thrice fairer than myself! (thus fhe began)
Nature, that made thee with herself at ftrife,
Vouchfafe, thou wonder! to alight thy fteed,
Here come and fit, where ferpent never hiffes,
And yet not cloy thy lips with loathed fatiety,
Remark the hu
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first tim lives, and the activity of thought in the play gunds in the fourth line. He Whole How -zas prevents
the time, the appion f the morning,
and in tot simple peres punto
the reader in protection of the whites argument the prem." S.I.C.