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VENUS AND ADONIS, LUCRECE,

AND OTHER POEMS.

EDITED, WITH NOTES,

BY

WILLIAM J. ROLFE, A.M.,

FORMERLY HEAD MASTER OF THE HIGH SCHOOL, CAMBRIDGE, MASS.

WITH ENGRAVINGS.

AMD

NEIV YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

1884.

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ENGLISH CLASSICS.

EDITED BY WM. J. ROLFE, A.M.
Illustrated. 16mo, Cloth, 56 cents per volume ; Paper, 40 cents per volume.

SHAKESPEARE's Works.
The Merchant of Venice.

The Taming of the Shrew.
Othello.

All's Well that Ends Well.
Julius Cæsar.

Coriolanus.
A Midsummer-Night's Dream. The Comedy of Errors.
Macbeth.

Cymbeline.
Hamlet.

Antony and Cleopatra.
Much Ado about Nothing.

Measure for Measure.
Romeo and Juliet.

Merry Wives of Windsor.
As You Like It.

Love's Labour's Lost.
The Tempest.

Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Twelfth Night:

Timon of Athens.
The Winter's Tale.

Troilus and Cressida.
King John.

Henry VI. Part I.
Richard II.

Henry VI. Part II.
Henry IV. Part I.

Henry VI. Part III.
Henry IV. Part II.

Pericles, Prince of Tyre.
Henry V.

The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Richard III.

Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, etc.
Henry VIII.

Sonnets.
King Lear.

Titus Andronicus.

GOLDSMITH's SELECT POEMS.

GRAY's SELECT POEMS

PUBLISHED BY HARPER & BROTHERS, New York.
er dny of the above works will be sent by mail, postage prepaid, to any part

of the United States, on receipt of the price.

Copyright, 1883, by Harper & BROTHERS.

PREF A CE.

SHAKESPEARE's Poems have generally received less attention from editors and commentators than his plays, and in some editions they are omitted altogether. It has been my aim to treat them with the same thoroughness as the plays. All variæ lectiones likely to be of interest to the student are recorded. The 1599 edition of Venus and Adonis is collated for the first time, so far as I am aware, though it was discovered some fifteen years ago. Certain of the recent editors do not appear to know of its existence.

The text is given without expurgation. The Rape of Lucrece needs none, and the Venus and Adonis (like the sonnets on the same subject in The Passionate Pilgrim) does not admit of it without being mutilated past recognition. Of course these poems will never be read in schools or “Shakespeare clubs.”

In The Passionate Pilgrim, the pieces which are certainly not Shakespeare's are transferred from the text to the Notes. Most of the others are of doubtful authenticity, but I give Shakespeare the benefit-if benefit it be—of the doubt. A Lover's Complaint is generally conceded to be his; and The Phænix and the Turtle has, I think, a better claim to be so regarded than anything in The Passionate Pilgrim. These points, however, are more fully discussed in the Notes.

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By this, the boy that by her side lay kill'd
Was melted like a vapour from her sight,
And in his blood that on the ground lay spill’d,
A purple flower sprung up, chequer'd with white,

Resembling well his pale cheeks and the blood
Which in round drops upon their whiteness stood.

(V. and A. 1165 fol.)

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