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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Upon Julia’s Fall
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
(Songs from Hesperides, 1648)

JULIA was careless, and withal
She rather took than got a fall;
The wanton ambler chanc’d to see
Part of her legs’ sincerity:
And ravish’d thus, it came to pass,        5
The nag (like to the prophet’s ass)
Began to speak, and would have been
A-telling what rare sights he’d seen:
And had told all; but did refrain
Because his tongue was tied again.        10

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