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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
John and Nell
Anonymous
 
(A Broadside Song with music, c. 1720)

AS Nell sate underneath her Cow
Upon a Cock of Hay,
Brisk John was coming from his Plough,
And chanced to pass that way.
Like Lightning to the Maid he flew,        5
And by the hand he squeezed her,
Pray John, she cried, be quiet, Do,
And frowned because he teased her.
 
Cupid from his Mother’s knee,
Observed her female Pride.        10
Go on and prosper John (says he),
And I will be your Guide,
Then aimed at Nelly’s breast a dart,
From Pride it soon released her,
She faintly cried, I feel love’s smart,        15
And sighed because it eased her.
 
John laid himself down by her side,
And stole a kiss or two,
And Flatt’ry’s Charm he also tried,
’Till she the kinder grew,        20
The Poison soon began to spread,
And in the Nick he seized her,
She trembled, blushed, and hung her head,
Then smiled—because he pleased her.
 
 
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