Amor / Cupid

Canova, Cupid and Psyche 1794
Canova, Cupid and Psyche 1794

Things base and vile, holding no quantity,
Love can transpose to form and dignity.
Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
Nor hath love's mind of any judgement taste:
Wings and no eyes figure unheedy haste.
And therefore is love said to be a child,
Because in choice he is so oft beguiled.
As waggish boys in game themselves forswear,
So the boy Love is perjured everywhere.
Helena, in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Act I Scene 1

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