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1 When fam'd Varelst this little Wonder drew;
2 Flora vouchsaf'd the growing Work to view:
3 Finding the Painter's Science at a Stand,
4 The Goddess snatch'd the Pencil from his Hand;
5 And finishing the Piece, She smiling said;
6 Behold One Work of Mine, that ne'er shall fade.


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Title (in Source Edition): A FLOWER, Painted by SIMON VARELST.
Author: Matthew Prior
Genres: panegyric

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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. 290. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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