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By Cowley, Abraham

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Book Id: WPLBN0000247655
Format Type: PDF eBook
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Beauty  
Author: Cowley, Abraham
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: after the Anacreontea // LIBERAL Nature did dispence // To all things Arms for their defence; // And some she arms with sin'ewy force, // And some with swiftness in the course; // Some with hard Hoofs, or forked claws, // And some with Horns, or tusked jaws. // And some with Scales, and some with Wings, // And some with Teeth, and some with Stings. // Wisdom to Man she did afford, // Wisdom for Shield, and Wit for Sword. // What to beauteous Woman-kind, // What Arms, what Armour has she'assigne'd? // Beauty is both; for with the Faire // What Arms, what Armour can compare? // What Steel, what Gold, or Diamond, // More Impassible is found? // And yet what Flame, what Lightning ere // So great an Active force did bear? // They are all weapon, and they dart // Like Porcupines from every part. // Who can, alas, their strength express, // Arm'd when they themselves undress...


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