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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
 
X. The Pity of It
From ‘Venus and Adonis’
By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
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IF he be dead, O no! it cannot be,
Seeing his beauty, thou shouldst strike at it;
O yes! it may; thou hast no eyes to see,
But hatefully at random dost thou hit.
  Thy mark is feeble age, but thy false dart        5
  Mistakes that aim and cleaves an infant’s heart.
 
 
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