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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Chloris Saw Me Sigh and Tremble
(From Vinculum Societatis, or the Tie of Good Company, 1687)

CHLORIS saw me sigh and tremble,
  And then ask’d why I did so;
Love like mine can ill dissemble:—
  Chloris, ’tis for love of you,
For those pretty tempting graces        5
  Of your smiling lips and eyes,
For those pressing close embraces
  When your snowy breasts do rise;
For those joys of which the trial
  Only can instruct your heart        10
What you lose by your denial,
  When Love draws his pleasing dart;
For those kisses in perfection
  Which a wanton soul like mine,
Form’d by Cupid’s own direction,        15
  Could infuse too into thine;
For those shapes, my lovely Chloris,
  And a thousand charming things,
For which monarchs might implore you
  To beget a race of kings;        20
And for which I fain would whisper,
  But my heart is still afraid,—
Yet ’tis that young ladies wish for
  Every night they go to bed.

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