By the Loves' mother granting her request:
To change her shape permission Venus gave
For lovely woman's: such who would not rave
Unless he won? 'Twas now the man's to bend
To love and marriage. At the banquet's end
A mouse ran past. Down the deep couch's side
Intent upon its capture sprang the bride.
The nuptials ceased. Love vanish'd from among
His mocking sports. For nature was too strong.
Source: Davies: Fables of Babrius = Babrius 32.
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