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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“When First Amyntas Su’d for a Kiss”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

WHEN first Amyntas su’d for a Kiss,
  My innocent Heart was tender;
That tho’ I pushed him away from the bliss,
  My eyes declared my Heart was won;
I fain an artful Coyness would use,        5
  Before I the Fort did Surrender:
But Love would suffer no more such abuse,
  And soon, alas! my cheat was known:
He’d sit all day, and laugh and play,
  A thousand pretty things would say;        10
My hand he’d squeeze, and press my knees,
  Till farther on he got by degrees.
My Heart, just like a Vessel at Sea,
  Would toss when Amyntas was near me;
But ah! so cunning a Pilot was he,        15
  Thro’ Doubts and Fears he’d still sail on:
I thought in him no danger could be,
  Too wisely he knows how to steer me;
And soon, alas! was brought to agree,
  To taste of Joys before unknown:        20
Well might he boast his Pain not lost,
  For soon he found the Golden Coast;
Enjoy’d the Oar, and ’tach’d the shore,
  Where never Merchant went before.

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