Shakespeare's Adonis. By H. O. Walker. Adonis. The young hunter loved by Venus. Unmindful of the entreaties of the goddess left her side to hunt the wold boar, by which he was slain. Venus discovers him. She looks upon his lips, and they are pale; She takes him by the hand, and that is cold; She shispers in his ears a heavy tale, As if they heard the woeful words she told. From Practical Guide Library of Congress.