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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
On a Gentleman
(A Song from Westminster Drolleries, 1671–2)

POOR Cloris wept, and from her eyes
  The liquid tears came trickling down;
Such wealthy drops may well suffice,
  To be the ransom of a Crown:
And as she wept, she sigh’d, and said,        5
  Alas for me, unhappy Maid,
  That by my folly, my folly am betray’d.
When first these eyes, unhappy eyes,
  Met with the Author of my woe,
Methought our Souls did sympathize,        10
  And it was death to say him no.
He sued, I granted; O then befel
  My shame which I’m afraid to tell!
  Ay me, that I had never lov’d so well.
O had I been so wise as not        15
  To have yielded up my Virgin-Fort,
My life had been without a blot,
  And dar’d the envy of Report;
But now my guilt hath made me be
  A scorn for time to point at me,        20
  As at the Butt and Mark of Misery.
Here now in sorrow do I sit,
  And pensive thoughts possess my breast!
My silly heart with cares is split,
  And grief denies me wonted rest:        25
Come then black night and screen me round,
  That I may never more be found,
  Unless in tears, in tears of sorrow drown’d.

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