Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Fond Love
(From Merry Drollery, 1691)

COME my delicate bonny sweet Betty,
Let’s dally a while in the shade,
Where the Sun by degrees shines through the trees,
And the wind blows through the Glade;
Where Telons her Lover is graced,        5
And richly adorned with green,
And the amorous boy with her mother did toy,
And the Uncan never was seen;
There we may enjoy modest pleasure,
As kissing and merry discourse,        10
And never control a modest sweet soul,
For love is a thing of great force.
The green grass shall be thy Pillow
To comfort thy spherical head,
And my arms shall enjoin my love so divine,        15
And the earth shall be thy bed;
Thy mantle of fairest flowers,
My coat shall thy coverlet be,
And the whistling wind shall sing to our mind,
O dainty sweet Lullaby.        20
Old Eolus shall be thy Rocker,
With his gentle murmuring noise,
And loves myrtle tree shall thy Canopy be;
And the birds harmonious voice
Shall bring us into a sweet slumber,        25
While I in thy bosom do rest,
And give thee such bliss by that, and by ——
At by poetry can’t be exprest.
While thy cherry cheek pleaseth in touching,
And in smelling her odorous breath;        30
Her beauty in my sight, and her voice my delight,
Oh, my sweets are cast beneath;
Thus ravished with the contentment
In more than a lover exprest,
And think when I am here, I am in a sphere,        35
And more than immortally blest.
And thus with my mutual coying
My love doth me sweetly embrace;
With my hands in her hair, and her fingers so rare,
And her playing with my face,        40
We reaped the most happy contentment
That ever two Lovers did find;
What women did see but my Love and me,
Would say, that we use to be kind.

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