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Cupid and Folly.

Imitated from the FRENCH.

1 CUPID, ere depriv'd of Sight,
2 Young and apt for all Delight,
3 Met with Folly on the way,
4 As Idle, and as fond of Play.
5 In gay Sports the time they pass;
6 Now run, now wrestle on the Grass;
7 Their painted Wings then nimbly ply,
8 And ev'ry way for Mast'ry try:
9 'Till a Contest do's arise,
10 Who has won th' appointed Prize.
11 Gentle Love refers the Case
12 To the next, that comes in Place;
13 Trusting to his flatt'ring Wiles,
14 And softens the Dispute with Smiles.
15 But Folly, who no Temper knows,
16 Words pursues with hotter Blows:
17 'Till the Eyes of Love were lost,
18 Which has such Pain to Mortals cost.
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19 Venus hears his mournful Crys,
20 And repeats 'em, in the Skys,
21 To Jupiter in Council set,
22 With Peers for the Occasion met;
23 In her Arms the Boy she bears,
24 Bathing him in falling Tears;
25 And whilst his want of Eyes is shown,
26 Secures the Judges by her Own.
27 Folly to the Board must come,
28 And hear the Tryal and the Doom;
29 Which Cytherea loudly prays
30 May be as heavy as the Case:
31 Which, when All was justly weigh'd,
32 Cupid's Wings now useless made,
33 That a Staff, his Feet must guide,
34 Which wou'd still be apt to slide;
35 This Decree at last was read,
36 That Love by Folly shou'd be lead.

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Title (in Source Edition): Cupid and Folly. Imitated from the FRENCH.
Themes: love; mythology; manners
Genres: fable; imitation; translation
References: DMI 14858

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Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 135-136. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000)

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