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Quotation by Shakespeare
I swear to thee by Cupid's strongest bow, By his best arrow with the golden head, By the simplicity of Venus' doves, By that which knitteth souls and prospers loves, ... By all the vows that ever men have broke (In number more than ever women spoke).
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 1, l. 169-72, 175-6.
Cupid used arrows of gold to cause love, and lead to repel it; doves were sacred to Venus, as symbolizing fidelity and freedom from deceit ("simplicity").
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