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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Why Is Your Faithful Slave Disdain’d?”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

WHY is your faithful Slave disdain’d?
By gentle Arts my Heart you gain’d!
  Oh, keep it by the same!
For ever shall my Passion last,
If you will make me once possest,        5
  Of what I dare not name.
Tho’ charming are your Wit and Face,
’Tis not alone to hear and gaze,
  That will suffice my Flame;
Love’s Infancy on Hopes may live,        10
But you to mine full grown must give,
  Of what I dare not name.
When I behold your Lips, your Eyes,
Those snowy Breasts that fall and rise,
  Fanning my raging Flame;        15
That Shape so made to be embraced,
What would I give I might but taste,
  Of what I dare not name!
In Court I never wish to rise,
Both Wealth and Honour I despise,        20
  And that vain Breath called Fame;
By Love, I hope no Crowns to gain,
’Tis something more I would obtain,
  ’Tis that I dare not name.

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