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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,
- Cap a pe* with Nakedness? [Cap a pe = from head to foot]
- Abraham Cowley
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