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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
To His Mistresses
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
(Songs from Hesperides, 1648)

HELP me! help me! now I call
To my pretty witchcrafts all;
Old I am, and cannot do
That I was accustomed to.
Bring your magics, spells, and charms,        5
To enflesh my thighs and arms;
Is there no way to beget
In my limbs their former heat?
Æson had, as poets feign,
Baths that made him young again:        10
Find that medicine, if you can,
For your dry, decrepit man:
Who would fain his strength renew,
Were it but to pleasure you.

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