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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Epigrams
Description of a Gun
VULCAN begat me, Minerva me taught,
Nature my mother, craft nourish’d me year by year;
Three bodies are my food, my strength is in nought,
Anger, wrath, waste, and noise are my children dear;
Guess, friend, what I am, and how I am wrought,        5
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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