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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Amorous Girl
(From Westminster Drolleries, 1671–2)

THERE’S none so pretty,
As my sweet Betty,
  She bears away the Bell;
For sweetness and neatness,
And all completeness,        5
  All other Girls doth excel.
When ever we meet,
She’ll lovingly greet
  Me still with a how dee’ do;
Well I thank you, quoth I,        10
Then she will reply,
  So am I, Sir, the better for you.
I asked her how,
She told me, not now,
  For walls had ears and eyes;        15
Nay she bid me take heed,
What ever I did,
  For ’tis good to be merry and wise.
Then I took her by the hand,
Which she did not understand,        20
  And I gave her a smirking kiss;
She gave me another
Just like the t’other;
  Quoth I, what a comfort is this?
This put me in heart        25
To play o’er my part
  That I had intended before;
But she bid me to hold,
And not be too bold,
  Until she had fastened the door.        30
Then she went to the Hatch,
To see that the Latch
  And crannies were all cocksure,
And when she had done,
She bid me come on,        35
  For now we were both secure.
And what we did there,
I dare not declare,
  But think that silence is best;
And if you will know,        40
Why I kissed her, or so,
  But I’ll leave you to guess at the rest.

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