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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
A Midnight Lunch
Anonymous
 
(American, c. 1900)

WOULD you like a little Supper, with covers laid for two,
  (You know the kind of Supper that I mean),
And if you are not hungry you can look the Menu through
  —You know the kind of Hunger that I mean.
We’ll have a little Duck, celery salad on the side,        5
A little Bottle, cold as ice, in which we may confide
All thoughts of the Hereafter, and Other Things, beside.
  —You know the kind of Other Things I mean.
 
When we’ve had that little Supper, with covers laid for two,
  (You know the kind of Supper that I mean),        10
The Dessert will follow, as Desserts always do
  —You know the kind of Dessert that I mean.
We’ll have a little Fruit, a little Coffee on the side,
Then another little Bottle which doubtless will decide
If you are to go home early—and Other Things, beside.        15
  —You know the kind of Other Things I mean.
 
ANSWER
Yes, I’d like that little Supper, with covers laid for two,
  And I know the kind of Supper that you mean.
And I’ll come to you quite Hungry and I’ll go the Menu through,
  And I know the kind of Hunger that you mean.        20
And I will not go Home early, for ’tis mean to eat and run:
Your Bill of Fare’s a dandy and your Dessert is number one;
And we’ll have the extra Bottle and Other Things, for fun;
  And I know the kind of Other Things you mean.
 
 
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