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1 Behind her Neck her comely Tresses ty'd,
2 Her Iv'ry Quiver graceful by her Side,
3 A-Hunting Cloe went: She lost her Way,
4 And thro' the Woods uncertain chanc'd to stray.
5 Apollo passing by beheld the Maid;
6 And, Sister Dear, bright Cynthia turn, He said:
7 The hunted Hind lyes close in yonder Brake.
8 Loud Cupid laugh'd, to see the God's Mistake;
9 And laughing cry'd, Learn better, great Divine,
10 To know Thy Kindred, and to honour Mine.
11 Rightly advis'd, far hence Thy Sister seek,
12 Or on Meander's Bank, or Latmus' Peak.
13 But in This Nymph, My Friend, My Sister know:
14 She draws My Arrows, and She bends My Bow:
15 Fair Thames She haunts, and ev'ry neighb'ring Grove
16 Sacred to soft Recess, and gentle Love.
17 Go, with Thy Cynthia, hurl the pointed Spear
18 At the rough Boar; or chace the flying Deer:
19 I and My Cloe take a nobler Aim:
20 At human Hearts We fling, nor ever miss the Game.


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Title (in Source Edition): CLOE HUNTING.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: ode

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Prior, Matthew, 1664-1721. 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, p. 74. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [H 6.8 Art.].)

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