Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ALCIDA: VERSES, by ROBERT GREENE

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First Line: The bird of juno glories in his plumes
Last Line: Makes beauty wreck against an ebbing tide.
Subject(s): Beauty; Birds; Peacocks; Self-love

THE bird of Juno glories in his plumes;
Pride makes the fowl to prune his feathers so:
His spotted train, fetch'd from old Argus' head,
With golden rays like to the brightest sun,
Inserteth self-love in a silly bird,
Till, midst his hot and glorious fumes,
He spies his feet, and then lets fall his plumes.
Beauty breeds pride, pride hatcheth forth disdain,
Disdain gets hate, and hate calls for revenge,
Revenge with bitter prayers urgeth still;
Thus self-love, nursing up the pomp of pride,
Makes beauty wreck against an ebbing tide.

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