Keep your Powder Dry

Keep prepared for action; keep your courage up.

Go forth and conquer, Strephon mine,
This kiss upon your lips retaining;
A precept that is also thine
For bids the teardrop hot and straining.
Were Mars and Venus, you and I,
And both must `keep our powder dry.

Sims: Dagonet Ballads (In Love and War).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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