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Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis, published in 1593, is the first of two narrative poems Shakespeare wrote during the two years the plague closed theaters in London. His source for this work was Ovid's Metamorphosis. It is Shakespeare's first published work and, due to its erotic, comic and lyrical nature, it is among his most popular works published during his lifetime and immediately after.

She red and hot as coals of glowing fire

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She red and hot as coals of glowing fire,
He red for shame, but frosty in desire.
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Love is a spirit all compact of fire

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Love is a spirit all compact of fire.
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Seeds spring from seeds, and beauty breedeth beauty

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Seeds spring from seeds, and beauty breedth beauty.
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