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.
- 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.
- Affection is a coal that must be cool'd;
Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.
- 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.
- For where Love reigns, disturbing Jealousy
Doth call himself Affection's sentinel;
Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny.
- This carry-tale, dissentious Jealousy,
That sometime true news, sometime false doth bring.
- Danger deviseth shifts; wit waits on fear.
- Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
- 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.
- Grief hath two tongues: and never woman yet,
Could rule them both without ten women's wit.
- For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,
And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again.