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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Women’s Delight
Anonymous
 
(From Merry Drollery, 1691)

THERE dwelt a maid in the Cunny-gate,
  And she was wondrous fair,
And she would have an old man
  Was overgrown with hair;
      And ever she cry’d, O turn,        5
      O turn thee unto me,
      Thou hast the thing I have not,
      A little above the knee.
 
He bought her a Gown of green,
  Became her wondrous well:        10
And she bought him a long sword
  To hang down by his heel;
      And ever she cry’d, etc.
 
He bought her a Pair of sheers
  To hang by her side:
And she bought him a winding-sheet        15
  Against the day he died;
      And ever she cry’d, etc.
 
He bought her a Gown, a Gown,
  Embroidered all with gold:
And she gave him a night-cap
  To keep him from the cold,
      And ever she cry’d, etc.
        20
 
He bought her a Gown, a Gown,
  Embroidered all with red:
And she gave him a pair of horns
  To wear upon his head;
      And ever she cry’d, [O] turn,        25
      O turn thee unto me,
      Thou hast the thing I have not
      A little above the knee.
 
 
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