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.
(From The Point of View, 1905)

IF aught indelicate has jarred the sense,
  If aught of sophistry has brought a frown,
  Perhaps a counter charge might be set down
And leave the reader with a sad defence.
If aught of flighty verse or tale intense        5
  Has led you on, this final page to crown
  With comment critical, some slight renown
Accrues to me through that same evidence,
For were you not, yourself, on pleasure bent,
  You surely had not read as far as here.        10
I pray you judge me by my good intent
  To bring a smile or chase away a tear,
And if my methods must for pardon sue,
I first must bid you take my Point of View.

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