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Jupiter and Fortune.

A Fable.

1 Once Jupiter, from out the Skies,
2 Beheld a thousand Temples rise;
3 The Goddess Fortune all invok'd,
4 To Jove an Altar seldom smoak'd:
5 The God resolv'd to make Inspection,
6 What had occasion'd this Defection;
7 And bid the Goddess tell the Arts,
8 By which she won deluded Hearts.
9 My Arts! (says she) Great Jove, you know,
10 That I do ev'ry Thing below:
11 I make my Vot'ries dine on Plate;
12 I give the gilded Coach of State;
13 Bestow the glitt'ring Gems, that deck
14 The fair Lavinia's lovely Neck;
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15 I make Novella Nature's Boast,
16 And raise Valeria to a Toast;
17 'Tis I, who give the Stupid, Taste,
18 (Or make the Poets lie, at least);
19 My fav'rite Sons, whene'er they please,
20 Can Palaces in Desarts raise,
21 Cut out Canals, make Fountains play,
22 And make the dreary Waste look gay;
23 Ev'n Vice seems Virtue by my Smiles;
24 I gild the Villain's gloomy Wiles,
25 Nay, almost raise him to a God,
26 While crowded Levees wait his Nod.
27 Enough the Thunderer reply'd;
28 But say, whom have you satisfy'd?
29 These boasted Gifts are thine, I own;
30 But know, Content is mine alone.


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Title (in Source Edition): Jupiter and Fortune. A Fable.
Author: Mary Barber
Themes: mythology; fate; fortune; providence
Genres: fable
References: DMI 11371

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Barber, Mary, ca. 1690-1757. Poems on Several Occasions [poems only]. London: Printed for C. Rivington, at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1734, pp. 63-64. xlviii,283,[7]p.; 8⁰. (ESTC T42622; DMI 519; Foxon p. 45) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Harding C 3644].)

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