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.
A Just Bargain
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

I AM a Lover, and ’tis true;
Fair Daphne I’m in Love with you;
Woman thou art, for ought I see,
Yet more assured I wish to be:
Such Trial then do not refuse,        5
As all Men in their Bargains use.
Men fell the Pullen when they lay,
If they be plump, and so would I,
Men ride their Nags, and try their Pace,
The like would I do in this case.        10
Who will buy Land, e’er they do know,
What Fruit on it is apt to grow?
Now if any of my Parts, or all,
You will then to Trial call,
You shall both see, and feel, and taste,        15
Lest you repent your Bargain past:
Then Part with Part let us Compare,
There’s no Deceit in open Ware.
Your Legs and Feet are straight and fine,
And look you here pray what are mine?        20
You have a round and lusty Thigh;
And look you here, pray what have I?
But yet that part that all must bind,
O shew not, least you strike me Blind.

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