Sometimes she shakes her head, and then his hand,
Now gazeth she on him, now on the ground;
Sometimes her arms infold him like a band :
She would, he will not in her arms be bound;

And when from thence he struggles to be gone,
She locks her lily fingers one in one.

Fondling, she saith, since I have hemm'd thee here,
Within the circuit of this ivory pale,
I'll be a park”, and thou shalt be my deer; i
Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale :

Graze on my lips, and if those hills be dry,
Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.

Within this limit is relief enough,
Sweet bottom-grass, and high delightful plain,
Round rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough,
To shelter thee from tempest, and from rain:

Then, be my deer, since I am such a park;
No dog shall rouse thee, though a thousand bark.

At this Adonis smiles, as in disdain,
That in each cheek appears a pretty dimple :
Love made those hollows, if himself were slain,
He might be buried in a tomb so simple;

Fore-knowing well, if there he came to lie,
Why, there Love liv’d, and there he could not die.

These lovely caves, these round enchanting pits,
Open'd their mouths to swallow Venus' liking.
Being mad before, how doth she now for wits?
Struck dead at first, what needs a second striking ?

Poor queen of love, in thine own law forlorn,
To love a cheek that smiles at thee in scorn !

Now which way shall she turn? what shall she say?
Her words are done, her woes the more increasing ;
The time is spent, her object will away,
And from her twining arms doth urge releasing.

3 I'll be a par:k,] The copies of 1593 and 1594 have “a park;” the edition of 1596, and others after it, read “ the park.” Malone, when he published his “ Supplement," in 1780, printed “ the park,” from the edition 1600.

Pity! she cries, some favour, some remorse!
Away he springs, and hasteth to his horse.

But lo ! from forth a copse that neighbours by,
A breeding jennet, lusty, young, and proud,
Adonis' trampling courser doth espy,
And forth she rushes, snorts, and neighs aloud :

The strong-neck'd steed, being tied unto a tree,
Breaketh his rein, and to her straight goes he.

Imperiously he leaps, he neighs, he bounds,
And now his woven girths he breaks asunder ;
The bearing earth with his hard hoof he wounds,
Whose hollow womb resounds like heaven's thunder :

The iron bit he crusheth 'tween his teeth,
Controlling what he was controlled with.

His ears up prick’d, his braided hanging mane
Upon his compass'd crest now stands on end;
His nostrils drink the air, and forth again,
As from a furnace, vapours doth he send :

His eye, which scornfully glisters like fire,
Shows his hot courage, and his high desire.

Sometime he trots, as if he told the steps,
With gentle majesty, and modest pride;
Anon he rears upright, curvets and leaps,
As who should say, lo! thus my strength is tried ;

And this I do, to captivate the eye
Of the fair breeder that is standing by.

What recketh he his rider's angry stir,
His flattering holla, or his “ Stand, I say?"
What cares he now for curb, or pricking spur,
For rich caparisons, or trapping gay?

He sees his love, and nothing else he sees,
For nothing else with his proud sight agrees.

4- 'tween his teeth,) The edition 1594 alone misprints "his " hir : few mistakes could be more common, arising from the fact, that her was formerly often printed hir.

5 And this I do] So the editions of 1593 and 1594 : in the later impressions, “ And thus I do."

Look, when a painter would surpass the life,
In limning out a well-proportion'd steed,
His art with nature's workmanship at strife,
As if the dead the living should exceed;

So did his horse excel a common one,
In shape, in courage, colour, pace, and bone.

Round-hoof'd, short-jointed, the fetlocks shag and long,
Broad breast, full eye, small head, and nostril wide,
High crest, short ears, straight legs, and passing strong,
Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide :

Look, what a horse should have he did not lack,
Save a proud rider on so proud a back.

Sometime he scuds far off, and there he stares ;
Anon he starts at stirring of a feather :
To bid the wind a base he now prepares,
And whe'r he run, or fly, they know not whether ;

For through his mane and tail the high wind sings,
Fanning the hairs, who wave like feather'd wings.

He looks upon his love, and neighs unto her;
She answers him, as if she knew his mind :
Being proud, as females are, to see him woo her,
She puts on outward strangeness, seems unkind ;

Spurns at his love, and scorns the heat he feels,
Beating his kind embracements with her heels.

Then, like a melancholy malcontent,
He vails his tail, that, like a falling plume,
Cool shadow to his melting buttock lent:
He stamps, and bites the poor flies in his fume.

His love, perceiving how he is enrag'd,
Grew kinder, and his fury was assuag'd.

His testy master goeth about to take him,
When lo! the unback'd breeder, full of fear,
Jealous of catching, swiftly doth forsake him,
With her the horse, and left Adonis there.

6 To bid the wind a base-] i.e. to challenge the wind to a contest of speed, as at the game of prison-base, or prison-bars. See this Vol. p. 235.

As they were mad, unto the wood they hie them, Out-stripping crows that strive to over-fly them.

All swoln with chafing’, down Adonis sits,
Banning his boisterous and unruly beast :
And now the happy season once more fits,
That love-sick love by pleading may be blest ;

For lovers say, the heart hath treble wrong,
When it is barr’d the aidance of the tongue.

An oven that is stopp’d, or river stay'd,
Burneth more hotly, swelleth with more rage :
So of concealed sorrow may be said, .
Free vent of words love's fire doth assuage ;

But when the heart's attorney once is mute,
The client breaks, as desperate in his suit.

He sees her coming, and begins to glow,
Even as a dying coal revives with wind,
And with his bonnet hides his angry brow;
Looks on the dull earth with disturbed mind,

Taking no notice that she is so nigh,
For all askaunce he holds her in his eye.

0! what a sight it was, wistly to view
How she came stealing to the wayward boy ;
To note the fighting conflict of her hue,
How white and red each other did destroy :

But now her cheek was pale, and by and by
It flash'd forth fire, as lightning from the sky.

Now was she just before him as he sat,
And like a lowly lover down she kneels;
With one fair hand she heaveth up his hat,
Her other tender hand his fair cheek feels :

His tenderer cheek receives her soft hand's print,
As apt as new-fall’n snow takes any dint.

7 All swoln with chaping,] All modern editors misprint “chafing " chasing : “ chafing” is the word in the editions of 1593, 1594, and 1596 : the edition of 1600 first substituted chasing, by a mere error of the press, and Malone of course adopted it in his “Supplement," 1780, printed from that edition : the next line seems to show that “chafing" is the true word. “ Banning," there also used, is of course cursing. See Vol. v. p. 90. 148 ; Vol. vi. p. 556.

0, what a war of looks was then between them!
Her eyes, petitioners, to his eyes suing ;
His eyes saw her eyes as they had not seen them ;
Her eyes woo'd still, his eyes disdain'd the wooing :

And all this dumb play had his acts made plain
With tears, which, chorus-like, her eyes did rain.

Full gently now she takes him by the hand,
A lily prison'd in a jail of snow,
Or ivory in an alabaster band ;
So white a friend engirts so white a foe:

This beauteous combat, wilful and unwilling,
Show'd like two silver doves that sit a billing.

Once more the engine of her thoughts began :
O fairest mover on this mortal round,
Would thou wert as I am, and I a man,
My heart all whole as thine, thy heart my wound;

For one sweet look thy help I would assure thee,
Though nothing but my body's bane would cure thee.

Give me my hand, saith he, why dost thou feel it?
Give me my heart, saith she, and thou shalt have it ;
O! give it me, lest thy hard heart do steel it,
And being steel’d, soft sighs can never grave it :

Then, love's deep groans I never shall regard,
Because Adonis' heart hath made mine hard.

For shame! he cries, let go, and let me go;
My day's delight is past, my horse is gone,
And 'tis your fault I am bereft him so :
I pray you hence, and leave me here alone ;

For all my mind, my thought, my busy care,
Is how to get my palfrey from the mare.

Thus she replies : thy palfrey, as he should,
Welcomes the warm approach of sweet desire :
Affection is a coal that must be coold;
Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.

8 With tears, which, chorus-like, her eyes did rain.] In this couplet we have an obvious allusion to the dumb shows, and accompanying choruses, of our old stage. Malone, perhaps hastily, infers from this passage, that “ Venus and Adonis " was not written until after Shakespeare quitted Stratford.

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