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Cupid
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
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  • I swear to thee by Cupid’s strongest bow,
  • Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.
  • Yet mark’d I where the bolt of Cupid fell: It fell upon a little western flower,— Before milk-white, now purple with love’s wound,— And maidens call it love-in-idleness.
  • Here she comes, curst and sad:— Cupid is a knavish lad, Thus to make poor females mad.
  • Dian’s bud o’er Cupid’s flower Hath such force and blessed power.
  • OBERON That very time I saw,—but thou couldst not,— Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid, all arm’d: a certain aim he took At a fair vestal, throned by the west; And loos’d his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid’s fiery shaft Quench’d in the chaste beams of the watery moon; And the imperial votaress passed on, In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
  • OBERON That very time I saw,—but thou couldst not,— Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid, all arm’d: a certain aim he took At a fair vestal, throned by the west; And loos’d his love-shaft smartly from his bow, As it should pierce a hundred thousand hearts; But I might see young Cupid’s fiery shaft Quench’d in the chaste beams of the watery moon; And the imperial votaress passed on, In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
  • ] OBERON Flower of this purple dye, Hit with Cupid’s archery, Sink in apple of his eye!

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  • Cupid is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Eros.

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