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CUPID TURN'D PLOUGHMAN; AN IDYLLIUM, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Once for his pleasure love would go
Last Line: Your haughty neck, and draw my plough.'
Subject(s): Cupid; Eros


ONCE for his pleasure Love would go
Without his quiver, torch, or bow;
He took with him a ploughman's whip,
And corn as much as fill'd his scrip;
Upon his shoulders hung the load,
And thus equipp'd he went abroad;
With bulls that often yokes had worn,
He plough'd the ground, and sow'd his corn,
Then looking up to Heav'n with pride,
Thus mighty Jove he vilified.
'Now scorch my field, and spoil my seed,
Do, and you shall repent the deed;
Europa's bull! I'll make you bow
Your haughty neck, and draw my plough.'





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