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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Alas How Long Shall I and My Maidenhead Lie”
(From Windsor Drollery, c. 1672)

ALAS how long shall I and my maidenhead lie:
  In a cold bed all the night long!
I cannot abide it, yet away cannot chide it,
  Though I find that it does me some wrong.
Can any one tell where this fine thing doth dwell,        5
  That carries neither form nor fashion?
It both heats and cools, ’tis a Bauble for fools,
  Yet catch’d at in every Nation.
Say a Maid were so crost, as to see this Toy lost,
  Would not Hue and Cry fetch it again?        10
’Las no; for ’tis gone ere well thought upon;
  And when found, ’tis lost even then.

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