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To a LADY: She refusing to continue a Dispute with me, and leaving me in the Argument.

An ODE.

I.
1 Spare, Gen'rous Victor, spare the Slave,
2 Who did unequal War pursue;
3 That more than Triumph He might have,
4 In being overcome by You.
II.
5 In the Dispute whate'er I said,
6 My Heart was by my Tongue bely'd;
7 And in my Looks You might have read,
8 How much I argu'd on your side.
III.
9 You, far from Danger as from Fear,
10 Might have sustain'd an open Fight:
11 For seldom your Opinions err:
12 Your Eyes are always in the right.
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IV.
13 Why, fair One, would You not rely
14 On Reason's Force with Beauty's join'd?
15 Could I their Prevalence deny;
16 I must at once be deaf and blind.
V.
17 Alas! not hoping to subdue,
18 I only to the Fight aspir'd:
19 To keep the beauteous Foe in view
20 Was all the Glory I desir'd.
VI.
21 But She, howe'er of Vict'ry sure,
22 Contemns the Wreath too long delay'd;
23 And, arm'd with more immediate Pow'r,
24 Calls cruel Silence to her Aid.
VII.
25 Deeper to wound, See shuns the Fight:
26 She drops her Arms, to gain the Field:
27 Secures her Conquest by her Flight;
28 And triumphs, when She seems to yield.
VIII.
29 So when the Parthian turn'd his Steed,
30 And from the Hostile Camp withdrew;
31 With cruel Skill the backward Reed
32 He sent; and as He fled, He slew.

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Title (in Source Edition): To a LADY: She refusing to continue a Dispute with me, and leaving me in the Argument. An ODE.
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. 35-36. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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