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EPIGRAM: 10, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Vulcan begat me. Minerva me taught
Last Line: And if I be thine enemy I may thy life end.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Egerton Manuscript: 103;description Of A Gun
Subject(s): Guns; Riddles

Vulcan begat me; Minerva me taught;
Nature, my mother; craft nourished me year by year;
Three bodies are my food, my strength is in naught;
Anger, wrath, waste, and noise, are my children dear.
Guess, friend, what I am and how I am wrought;
Monster of sea or of land or of elsewhere?
Know me and use me and I may thee defend,
And if I be thine enemy I may thy life end.

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