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[Martial] Lib. 1. Epigr. CX.

De Issa Catellâ Publij.

1 Issa much to be preferr'd
2 To Catullus amorous Bird;
3 Chaster Thou than Stella's Dove,
4 But fond as Girls when first they Love.
5 Issa worth both Indies Treasure,
6 Issa Publiu's Life and Pleasure.
7 Issa mourns if He complain,
8 Issa shares his Health and Pain.
9 All Night on his warm Neck She lies,
10 Nor stirs 'till He's dispos'd to rise:
11 But if Digestion chance to call,
12 The cleanly well-bred Animal
13 Ne're harms the Bed, but lightly creeps
14 O're Publius Bosome while He sleeps,
15 Or wakes him with her gentle moan,
16 And motions to be handed down.
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17 But passing other Vertues by,
18 Such is this Creatures Modesty,
19 She ne're cou'd Love, tho daily Woo'd
20 By Shocks of Quality and Blood.
21 But lest Death take her quite away
22 When time brings on her fatal Day,
23 (To Countermand Fate's rigid Law)
24 Publius did her Picture draw;
25 Where ev'ry Feature, ev'ry Hair
26 Is feign'd with so much Art and Care,
27 It leaves you doubtful which to call
28 The Copy, which th'Original.
29 In short, compare 'em both together,
30 And you'l Swear Both have Life, or Neither.


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Title (in Source Edition): [Martial] Lib. 1. Epigr. CX. De Issa Catellâ Publij.
Author: Nahum Tate
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Tate, Nahum, c. 1652-1715. Poems by N. Tate. London: Printed by T.M. for Benj. Tooke ..., 1677, pp. 83-84. [15],133p. (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 2953].)

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