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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
A Song from “The Lucky Chance”
By Aphra Behn (1640–1689)
NO more, Lucinda, ah! ah! expose no more
  To the admiring world those conquering charms;
In vain all day unhappy men adore
  What the kind night gives to my longing arms.
Their vain attempts can ne’er successful prove,        5
Whilst I so well maintain the Fort of love.
Yet to the world with so bewitching arts,
  Your dazzling Beauty you around display,
And triumph in the spoils of broken hearts,
  That sink beneath your feet, and crowd your way.        10
Ah! suffer now your cruelty to cease,
And to a fruitful war prefer a peace.

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