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CUPID Mistaken.

1 As after Noon, one Summer's Day,
2 Venus stood bathing in a River;
3 Cupid a-shooting went that Way,
4 New strung his Bow, new fill'd his Quiver.
5 With Skill He chose his sharpest Dart:
6 With all his Might his Bow He drew:
7 Swift to His beauteous Parent's Heart
8 The too well-guided Arrow flew.
9 I faint! I die! the Goddess cry'd:
10 O cruel, could'st Thou find none other,
11 To wreck thy Spleen on? Parricide!
12 Like Nero, Thou hast slain thy Mother.
13 Poor Cupid sobbing scarce could speak;
14 Indeed, Mamma, I did not know Ye:
15 Alas! how easie my Mistake?
16 I took You for your Likeness, Cloe.


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Title (in Source Edition): CUPID Mistaken.
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. 78. [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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