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I think it alludes to Helen of Troy. Dang! I can't remember the story. I think somebody kidnapped her, and her main squeeze took off with the whole navy to rescue her - because she was so beautiful?? Ha! Your quote is iambic pentameter too!
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Helen was the most beautiful woman in the world. She married the Greek king of Sparta, Menelaus.
Meanwhile, the gods held a contest to judge which goddess was the most beautiful. Paris, a handsome prince of Troy was selected as the judge. Of course the vain goddesses didn't play fair and bribed him. He chose Aphrodite, who had bribed him with the most beautiful woman in the world to be his wife (Helen). So he was able to abduct Helen and take her to Troy. The Greek city states had a military alliance, and Menelaus called on the alliance to avenge and recapture Helen. - They raised an immense navy; hence "the thousand ships". The story is told in Homer's Iliad and in many Greek plays.
Helen was described by Christopher Marlowe ( a much later author) as having "the face that launched a thousand ships."
The face that launch'd a thousand ships
Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
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