Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
I. L’attente
By Harold Greenthal
(From the French of Tristan Klingsor, 1921)

TO make our love memorable
I carried wine from Shiraz;
I prepared a bed broidered with silk
And two velvet pillows;
Then I perfumed the water in the vases,        5
To bathe you after the amorous combat.
I bought figs full of seed,
Dried raisins, and cakes
Of farina, sugar and rice,
To eat while toying with you,        10
My little dear,—
But you never came….

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