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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
An Epigram to Flavia
By Sir Charles Sedley (1639–1701)
(Works, 1722)

WHEN to thy husband thou didst first refuse
  The lawful pleasures of thy charming bed:
Men did his pipe and pot, and whores accuse;
  On his mere lewdness the whole fault we laid:
Into thy house thou tookest a deep Divine,        5
  And all thy neighbours flocked to hear him preach:
The cheated world did in thy praises join,
  The wise sort yet knew thy wanton reach,
From Sunday’s crowds thou didst thy gallants choose,
  And when they failed thee, good Doctors use.        10

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