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VENUS AND ADONIS.

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“ Vilia miretur vulgus, mihi davus Apollo
Poculo Castalia plena ministret aqua."

Ovid.

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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 burthen: only if your honor seem but pleased, I account myself highly praised, and vow to take advantage of all idle hours till I have honored you with some graver labor. But if the first heir of my invention prove deformed, I shall be sorry it had so noble a godfather, and never after earl so barren a land, for fear it yield me still so bad a harvest. I leave it to your honorable survey, and your honor 2 to your heart's content; which I wish may always answer your own wish, and the world's hopeful expectation.

Your Honor's in all duty,

William SHAKSPEARE.

| Ear, plough.

· Ilonor. As a duke is now styled "your grace,” so “ your honor" was formerly the usual mode of address to noblemen in general.

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