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The Battle between the Rats and the Weazles.

1 IN dire Contest the Rats and Weazles met,
2 And Foot to Foot, and Point to Point was set:
3 An ancient Quarrel had such Hatred wrought,
4 That for Revenge, as for Renown, they fought.
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5 Now bloody was the Day, and hard the Strife,
6 Wherein bold Warriors lost neglected Life:
7 But as, some Errors still we must commit,
8 Nor Valour always ballanc'd is by Wit;
9 Among the Rats some Officers appear'd,
10 With lofty Plumage on their Foreheads rear'd,
11 Unthinking they, and ruin'd by their Pride:
12 For when the Weazels prov'd the stronger Side,
13 A gen'ral Rout befell, and a Retreat,
14 Was by the Vanquish'd now implor'd of Fate;
15 To slender Crannies all repair'd in haste,
16 Where easily the undress'd Vulgar past:
17 But when the Rats of Figure wou'd have fled,
18 So wide those branching Marks of Honour spread,
19 The Feather in the Cap was fatal to the Head.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Battle between the Rats and the Weazles.
Genres: heroic couplet; fable

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 283-284. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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