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1 In Heav'n, one Holy-day, You read
2 In wise Anacreon, Ganymede
3 Drew heedless Cupid in, to throw
4 A Main, to pass an Hour, or so.
5 The little Trojan, by the way,
6 By Hermes taught, play'd All the Play.
7 The God unhappily engag'd,
8 By Nature rash, by Play enrag'd,
9 Complain'd, and sigh'd, and cry'd, and fretted;
10 Lost ev'ry earthly thing He betted:
11 In ready Mony, all the Store
12 Pick'd up long since from Danae's Show'r;
13 A Snush-Box, set with bleeding Hearts,
14 Rubies, all pierc'd with Diamond Darts;
15 His Nine-pins, made of Myrtle Wood;
16 (The Tree in Ida's Forest stood)
17 His Bowl pure Gold, the very same
18 Which Paris gave the Cyprian Dame;
19 Two Table-Books in Shagreen Covers;
20 Fill'd with good Verse from real Lovers;
21 Merchandise rare! A Billet-doux,
22 It's Matter passionate, yet true:
23 Heaps of Hair Rings, and cypher'd Seals;
24 Rich Trifles; serious Bagatelles.
25 What sad Disorders Play begets!
26 Desp'rate and mad, at length He sets
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27 Those Darts, whose Points make Gods adore
28 His Might, and deprecate his Pow'r:
29 Those Darts, whence all our Joy and Pain
30 Arise: those Darts come, Seven's the Main,
31 Cries Ganymede: The usual Trick:
32 Seven, slur a Six; Eleven: A Nick.
33 Ill News goes fast: 'Twas quickly known,
34 That simple Cupid was undone.
35 Swifter than Lightning Venus flew:
36 Too late She found the thing too true.
37 Guess how the Goddess greets her Son:
38 Come hither, Sirrah; no, begon;
39 And, hark Ye, is it so indeed?
40 A Comrade You for Ganymede?
41 An Imp as wicked, for his Age,
42 As any earthly Lady's Page;
43 A Scandal and a Scourge to Troy:
44 A Prince's Son? A Black-guard Boy:
45 A Sharper, that with Box and Dice
46 Draws in young Deities to Vice.
47 All Heav'n is by the Ears together,
48 Since first That little Rogue came hither:
49 Juno her self has had no Peace:
50 And truly I've been favour'd less:
51 For Jove, as Fame reports, (but Fame
52 Says things not fit for Me to name)
53 Has acted ill for such a God,
54 And taken Ways extreamly odd.
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55 And Thou, unhappy Child, She said
56 (Her Anger by her Grief allay'd)
57 Unhappy Child, who thus hast lost
58 All the Estate We e'er could boast;
59 Whither, O whither wilt Thou run,
60 Thy Name despis'd, thy Weakness known?
61 Nor shall thy Shrine on Earth be crown'd:
62 Nor shall thy Pow'r in Heav'n be own'd;
63 When Thou, nor Man, nor God can'st wound.
64 Obedient Cupid kneeling cry'd,
65 Cease, dearest Mother, cease to chide:
66 Gany's a Cheat, and I'm a Bubble:
67 Yet why this great Excess of Trouble?
68 The Dice were false: the Darts are gone:
69 Yet how are You, or I undone?
70 The Loss of These I can supply
71 With keener Shafts from Cloe's Eye:
72 Fear not, We e'er can be disgrac'd,
73 While That bright Magazine shall last:
74 Your crowded Altars still shall smoke;
75 And Man your Friendly Aid invoke:
76 Jove shall again revere your Pow'r,
77 And rise a Swan, or fall a Show'r.


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Title (in Source Edition): CUPID and GANYMEDE.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: narrative verse

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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, pp. 75-77. [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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