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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Maid a Bathing
(Merry Drollery Compleat, p. 148; music in Dancing Master, 1650–65)

UPON a Summer’s day,
  ’Bout middle of the morn,
I spy’d a Lass that lay
  Stark nak’d as she was born;
’Twas by a running Pool,        5
  Within a meadow green,
And there she lay to cool,
  Not thinking to be seen.
Then did she by degrees
  Wash every part in rank,        10
Her Arms, her breasts, her thighs,
  Her Belly, and her Flank;
Her legs she opened wide,
  My eyes I let down steal,
Until that I espied        15
  Dame nature’s privy Seal.
I stripped me to the skin,
  And boldly stepped unto her,
Thinking her love to win,
  I thus began to woo her:        20
Sweetheart be not so coy,
  Time’s sweet in pleasure spent,
She frowned, and cried, away.
  Yet, smiling, gave consent.
Then blushing, down she slid,        25
  Seeming to be amazed,
But heaving up her head,
  Again she on me gazed;
I seeing that, lay down,
  And boldly ’gan to kiss,        30
And she did smile, and frown,
  And so fell to our bliss.
Then lay she on the ground
  As though she had been sped,
As women in a swoon,        35
  Yield up, and yet not dead:
So did this lively maid,
  When hot blood fill’d her vein,
And coming to herself she said,
  I thank you for your pain.        40

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