yet doe not despaire. She is full of pride, Venus be my guide, (90) helpe a silly Shepheards speedprosper , Vse no such delay, Shepheard, goe thy way, venture man and doe the deede. I will sore complaine me, (95) Say that loue hath slaine thee, if her fauours doe not feede: But take no deniall, Stand vpon thy triall, spare to speake, and want of speede. +Proverbial, ‘Spare to speak spare to speed’, Tilley, Proverbs , S709.
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¶ The Shepheards Song of Venus and Adonis. +Printed under the title ‘Cant. 13. Of Venus and Adonis. To the tune of Crimson veluet ’ in Thomas Deloney, Strange Histories (1612), sig. I1-I3v. For the tune ‘Crimson Velvet’, see Ballad Tunes . For Venus and Adonis, see glossary . Author: ‘H. C.’, possibly either Henry Chettle or Henry Constable. Structure (May/Ringler): 98: 7×20 (aa written as 8 lines) aa12bb6c8dd6e8ff6e8
V Enus faire did ride, siluer Doues they drew her, By the pleasant lawnds ere the Sunne did rise: (5)Vestaes beautie richthe beauty of the earth opened wide to view her, Philomel records pleasing Harmonies. Euery bird of spring (10) cheerefully did sing, Paphos Goddesse they salute: