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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Ranging the Plain One Summer’s Night
Anonymous
 
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719)

RANGING the Plain one Summer’s night,
  To pass a vacant hour,
I fortunately chanced to light,
  On lovely Phillis’s Bow’r,
The Nymph adorn’d with thousand Charms,        5
  In expectation sate,
To meet those Joys in Strephon’s Arms,
  Which Tongue cannot relate.
 
Upon her Hand she leaned her Head,
  Her breast did gently rise;        10
That ev’ry Lover might have read,
  Her Wishes in her Eyes;
At ev’ry Breath that moved the Trees,
  She suddenly would start;
A cold on all her Body seized,        15
  A trembling on her Heart.
 
But he that knew how well she Loved,
  Beyond this hour has stay’d;
And both with Fear and Anger moved,
  The melancholy Maid:        20
Ye Gods, she said, how oft he swore,
  He would be here by One;
But now alas! ’tis Six and more,
  And yet he is not come.
 
 
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