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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Heaven First Created Woman to Be Kind”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

HEAVEN first created Woman to be Kind,
  Both to be beloved, and for to Love;
If you contradict what Heaven has designed,
  You’ll be contemned by all the Powers above:
Then no more dispute me, for I am rashly bent,        5
  To subject your Beauty
  To kind Nature’s Duty,
Let me then salute you by Consent.
Arguments and fair Intreats did I use,
  But with her Consent could not prevail;        10
She the Blessing modestly would still refuse,
  Seeming for to slight my amorous Tale:
Sometimes she would cry Sir, prithee, Dear be good,
  Oh, Sir, pray, Sir, why, Sir?
  Pray now, nay now, fye, Sir,        15
I would sooner die, Sir, than be rude.
I began to treat her then another way,
  Modestly I melted with a Kiss;
She then blushing looked like the rising Day,
  Fitting for me to attempt the Bliss;        20
I gave her a fall, Sir, she began to tear,
  Crying she would call, Sir,
  As loud as she could bawl, Sir,
But it prov’d as false, Sir, as she’s Fair.

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