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The Winter's Tale
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  • The gods themselves, Humbling their deities to love, have taken The shapes of beasts upon them: Jupiter Became a bull and bellow’d; the green Neptune A ram and bleated; and the fire-rob’d god, Golden Apollo, a poor humble swain, As I seem now:—their transformations Were never for a piece of beauty rarer,— Nor in a way so chaste, since my desires Run not before mine honour, nor my lusts Burn hotter than my faith.

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  • for several hours I have been trying to comprehend that I am actually in the illustrious old city where ... Abraham held converse with the Deity
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