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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
A Love Song
(From The Triumphs of the Prince d’Amour, 1635)

UNARM, unarm! no more your fights
  Must cause the virgins tears,
But such as in the silent nights
  Spring rather from their fears.
“Such diff’rence as when doves do bill        5
  Must now be all your strife;
For all the blood that you shall spill
  Will usher in a life.
“And when your ladies, falsely coy,
  Shall timorous appear,        10
Believe they then would fain enjoy
  What they pretend to fear.
“Breathe then each other’s breath, and kiss
  Your souls to union;
And whilst they shall enjoy this bliss,        15
  Your bodies, too, are one.
“To-morrow will the hasty sun
  Be feared more of each lover
For hind’ring to repeat what’s done
  Than what it may discover.”        20

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