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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Jenny My Blithest Maid”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

JENNY, my blithest Maid,
  Prithee listen to my true Love now;
I am a canny Lad,
  Gang along with me to yonder Brow;
Aw the Boughs shall shade us round,        5
While the Nightingale and Linnet teach us,
  How the Lad the Lass may woo,
  Come, and I’ll shew my Jenny how to do.
I ken full many a thing,
  I can dance, and can whistle too;        10
I many a Song can sing,
  Pitch-Bar, and run and wrestle too:
Bonny Mog of our Town,
Gave me Bead-laces and Kerchers many,
  Only Jenny ’twas could win,        15
  Jockey from aw the Lasses of the Green.
Then lig thee down, my Bearn,
  Ize not spoil the gawdy shining Geer;
I’ll make a Bed of Fern,
  And I’ll gently press my Jenny there:        20
Let me lift thy Petticoat,
And thy Kercher too that hides thy Bosom;
  Shew thy naked Beauty’s store,
  Jenny alone’s the Lass that I adore.

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