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A Dutch Proverb.

1 Fire, Water, Woman, are Man's Ruin;
2 Says wise Professor Vander Brüin.
3 By Flames a House I hir'd was lost
4 Last Year: and I must pay the Cost.
5 This Spring the Rains o'erflow'd my Ground:
6 And my best Flanders Mare was drown'd.
7 A Slave I am to Clara's Eyes:
8 The Gipsey knows her Pow'r, and flies.
9 Fire, Water, Woman, are My Ruin:
10 And great Thy Wisdom, Vander Brüin.


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Title (in Source Edition): A Dutch Proverb.
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. 110. [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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