Friday, August 24, 2018


Stray Lower

William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis 229-240:
'Fondling', she saith, 'Since I have hemmed thee here
Within the circuit of this ivory pale,        230
I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer:
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,        235
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.'        240

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