Adonis' action and Venus' reaction while Morpheus appears in Adonis' dreams disguised as Venus. Intellectual subtlety, criss-crossed paradoxes, and refined morbidness, and a pinch of horror. A little masterpiece of the typically Baroque multi-level approach.
Shocked with high amazement, Adonis
thinks he can hear the beautiful mask,
who stretching her ivory-white hand
suddenly says, "Adonis, gimme your heart"
and almost instantly, she opens his side
and tears off the heart, and vanishes.
Dreaming, the handsome boy moans,
so the true goddess languishes at once
. . .