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1 The Trojan Swain had judg'd the great Dispute;
2 And Beauty's Pow'r obtain'd the Golden Fruit;
3 When Venus, loose in all Her naked Charms,
4 Met Jove's great Daughter clad in shining Arms.
5 The wanton Goddess view'd the Warlike Maid
6 From Head to Foot, and Tauntingly She said:
7 Yield, Sister; Rival, yield; Naked, You see,
8 I vanquish: Guess how Potent I should be;
9 If to the Field I came in Armour drest;
10 Dreadful, like Thine, my Shield, and terrible my Crest.
11 The Warrior Goddess with Disdain reply'd;
12 Thy Folly, Child, is equal to thy Pride:
13 Let a brave Enemy for once advise,
14 And Venus (if 'tis possible) be Wise.
15 Thou to be strong must put off every Dress:
16 Thy only Armour is thy Nakedness:
17 And more than once, (or Thou art much bely'd)
18 By Mars himself That Armour has been try'd.


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Title (in Source Edition): PALLAS and VENUS. AN EPIGRAM.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: epigram

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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. 98. [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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