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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Forgetful Mother
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

MY Mother she will not endure
  That I should Married be,
Altho’ my Father do procure
  A Husband fit for me;
    Wherein she doth me much abuse,        5
    My Father’s profer to refuse;
For younger Maids than I are sped,
And yet forsooth, I must not Wed.
My Mother she breeds all the Jars,
  And ill she does me use,        10
And Love and Age breeds all the Wars,
  Which grieves me to refuse.
    Before she was as old as I,
    She with a Man six Weeks did lie;
Judge you how much she doth me wrong,        15
To make me live a Maid so long.
For now I am of lawful Years,
  A Twelve Month’s time and more,
As by the Church-Book plain appears,
  Which doth my Age implore.        20
    For now I am Sixteen years old,
    Why should I then be thus controlled,
And discontent to lie alone;
None knows my Grief, but by their own.
I do believe in Heart and Mind,        25
  There is no greater Pain
Can fall upon us Woman-kind,
  And breedeth all our Pain,
    To lie alone, all by my self,
    It breeds Disease, instead of Health;        30
And shortly it will end my Days,
For so I know the Doctor says.
My Father’s Care I must commend,
  And Pains that he doth take;
My Mother speaks not as a Friend,        35
  That I shan’t have a Mate.
    Altho’ my Mother doth refuse
    That I my youthful time should use,
I mean not long to stay un-wed,
Nor yet to keep my Maiden-head.        40

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