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VENUS Mistaken.

1 When Cloe's Picture was to Venus shown;
2 Surpriz'd, the Goddess took it for Her own.
3 And what, said She, does this bold Painter mean?
4 When was I Bathing thus, and Naked seen?
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5 Pleas'd Cupid heard, and check'd His Mother's Pride:
6 And who's blind now, Mamma? the Urchin cry'd.
7 'Tis Cloe's Eye, and Cheek, and Lip, and Breast:
8 Friend Howard's Genius fancy'd all the rest.


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Title (in Source Edition): VENUS 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, pp. 78-79. [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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