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.
A Dream
(From Playford’s Treasury of Musick, c. 1669)

I LAID me down on a pillow soft,
And dream’d I clipt and kissed my mistress oft;
She cry’d, Fie, fie, away, you are too bold.
I pray’d her be content, tho’ she were cold,
My veins did burn with flames of hot desire,        5
And must not leave till she had quench’d my fire.
Well, since (said she) I may not from you fly,
Do what you please, I give you liberty,
With that I waked, but found I was deceived;
For which I storm’d like one of sense bereaved.        10

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