Venus and Adonis (Shakespeare poem)

poem by William Shakespeare

Venus and Adonis (1593) is a poem by Shakespeare on a theme drawn from the Metamorphoses of Ovid. It was probably his first published work.


  • Hunting he lov'd, but love he laugh'd to scorn.
    • Line 4

  • Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear,
    Or like a fairy trip upon the green,
    Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell'd hair,
    Dance on the sands, and yet no footing seen:
    Love is a spirit all compact of fire,
    Not gross to sink, but light, and will aspire.
    • Line 145

  • Affection is a coal that must be cool'd;
    Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.
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  • Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover;
    What though the rose have prickles, yet 'tis pluck'd:
    Were beauty under twenty locks kept fast,
    Yet love breaks through and picks them all at last.
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  • For where Love reigns, disturbing Jealousy
    Doth call himself Affection's sentinel;
    Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny.
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  • This carry-tale, dissentious Jealousy,
    That sometime true news, sometime false doth bring.
    • Line 657

  • Danger deviseth shifts; wit waits on fear.
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  • Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
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  • Lo! here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
    From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,
    And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
    The sun ariseth in his majesty.
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  • Grief hath two tongues: and never woman yet,
    Could rule them both without ten women's wit.
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  • For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,
    And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again.
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