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 Dreamed My Love
(From The Percy Folio Manuscript, c. 1620–50)

I DREAMED my love lay in her bed:
  It was my Chance to take her:
Her legs and arms abroad were spread;
  She slept; I durst not wake her.
O pity it were, that one so fair        5
  Should Crown her love with willow;
The tresses of her golden hair
  Did kiss he[r] lovely pillow.
Methought her belly was a hill
  Much like a mount of pleasure,        10
Under whose height there grows a well;
  The depth no man can measure.
About the plea[s]ant mountain’s top
  There grows a lovely thicket,
Wherein two beagles trampled,        15
  And raised a lively pricket.
They hunted there with pleasant noise
  About the pleasant mountain,
Till he by heat was forced to fly,
  And skip into the fountain.        20
The beagles followed to the brink,
  And there at him they barked;
He plunged about, but would not shrink;
  His Coming forth they waited.
Then forth he Came as one half lame,        25
  Were weary, faint, and tired;
And laid him down betwixt her legs,
  As help he had required.
The beagles being refresht again,
  My Love from sleep bereaved;        30
She dreamed she had me in her arms,
  And she was not deceived.

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