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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet III. Venus, and young Adonis sitting by her
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
VENUS, and young ADONIS sitting by her,
  Under a myrtle shade, began to woo him;
She told the youngling, how god MARS did try her,
  And as he fell to her, so fell she to him.
“Even thus,” quoth she, “the wanton god embraced me!”        5
  And then she clasped ADONIS in her arms;
“Even thus,” quoth she, “the warlike god unlaced me!”
  As if the boy should use like loving charms.
But he, a wayward boy, refused the offer,
  And ran away! the beauteous Queen neglecting;        10
Showing both folly to abuse her proffer,
  And all his sex, of cowardice detecting.
O that I had my Mistress at that bay!
To kiss and clip me, till I ran away!

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