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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Surprising Lover
(From Wit at a Venture; or Clio’s Privy Garden, 1674)

LOVE, in rambling once astray,
Was benighted in his way;
With cold and tiresome cares opprest,
He creeps in fair Lucina’s breast
To shelter there and take his rest.        5
The nymph, not dreaming of her fate,
And of an unexpected guess
Much less,
To come so late,
Slept on: the youth, recov’ring heat,        10
Prepares his arms to try a feat.
The deed scarce done, the nymph awakes
And in the act the youngster takes,
Strangely surprised, yet well contented too
That she enjoyed so sweet a bed-fellow.        15
Then, viewing well her guess all o’er,
She liked his presence more and more;
Telling him, rather than he should begone,
She’d nurse and keep him as her own:
And if he’d vow ne’er to depart,        20
She’d find him lodging next her heart.

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