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TO My LORD BUCKHURST, Very Young, Playing with a CAT.

1 The am'rous Youth, whose tender Breast
2 Was by his darling Cat possest,
3 Obtain'd of Venus his Desire,
4 Howe'er irregular his Fire:
5 Nature the Pow'r of Love obey'd:
6 The Cat became a blushing Maid;
7 And, on the happy Change, the Boy
8 Imploy'd his Wonder and his Joy.
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9 Take care, O beauteous Child, take care,
10 Lest Thou prefer so rash a Pray'r:
11 Nor vainly hope, the Queen of Love
12 Will e'er thy Fav'rite's Charms improve.
13 O! quickly from her Shrine retreat;
14 Or tremble for thy Darling's Fate.
15 The Queen of Love, who soon will see
16 Her own Adonis live in Thee,
17 Will lightly her first Loss deplore;
18 Will easily forgive the Boar:
19 Her Eyes with Tears no more will flow:
20 With jealous Rage her Breast will glow:
21 And on her tabby Rival's Face
22 She deep will mark her new Disgrace.

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Title (in Source Edition): TO My LORD BUCKHURST, Very Young, Playing with a CAT.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 20-21. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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