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1 Say, Sire of Insects, mighty Sol
2 (A Fly upon the Chariot-Pole
3 Cries out) what Blew-Bottle alive
4 Did ever with such Fury drive?
5 Tell, Belzebub, Great Father, tell
6 (Says t'other, perch'd upon the Wheel)
7 Did ever any Mortal Fly
8 Raise such a Cloud of Dust, as I?
9 My Judgment turn'd the whole Debate:
10 My Valor sav'd the sinking State.
11 So talk two idle buzzing Things;
12 Toss up their Heads, and stretch their Wings.
13 But let the Truth to Light be brought:
14 This neither spoke, nor t'other fought:
15 No Merit in their own Behav'or:
16 Both rais'd, but by their Party's Favor.


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Title (in Source Edition): The FLIES.
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. 196. [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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