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1 Beneath a verdant Lawrel's ample Shade,
2 His Lyre to mournful Numbers strung,
3 Horace, immortal Bard, supinely laid,
4 To Venus thus address'd the Song:
5 Ten thousand little Loves around
6 List'ning, dwelt on ev'ry Sound.
7 Potent Venus, bid Thy Son
8 Sound no more His dire Alarms.
9 Youth on silent Wings is flown:
10 Graver Years come rolling on.
11 Spare my Age, unfit for Arms:
12 Safe and humble let Me rest,
13 From all am'rous Care releas'd.
14 Potent Venus, bid Thy Son
15 Sound no more His dire Alarms.
16 Yet, Venus, why do I each Morn prepare
17 The fragrant Wreath for Cloe's Hair?
18 Why, why do I all Day lament, and sigh,
19 Unless the beauteous Maid be nigh?
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20 And why all Night pursue Her in my Dreams,
21 Thro' Flow'ry Meads, and Crystal Streams?
22 Thus sung the Bard; and thus the Goddess spoke:
23 Submissive bow to Love's imperious Yoke.
24 Ev'ry State, and ev'ry Age
25 Shall own My Rule, and fear My Rage:
26 Compell'd by Me Thy Muse shall prove,
27 That all the World was born to love.
28 Bid Thy destin'd Lyre discover
29 Soft Desire, and gentle Pain:
30 Often praise, and always love Her:
31 Thro' her Ear her Heart obtain.
32 Verse shall please, and Sighs shall move Her:
33 Cupid does with Phoebus reign.


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Title (in Source Edition): CANTATA.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: ode; Pindaric ode; song

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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. 266-267. [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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