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 Gentle Breeze from the Lavinian Sea”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719)

A GENTLE Breeze from the Lavinian Sea,
Was gliding o’er the Coast of Sicily;
When lulled with soft Repose, a prostrate Maid,
Upon her bended Arm had raised her Head:
Her Soul was all tranquil and smooth with Rest,        5
Like the harmonious Slumbers of the Blest.
Wrapped up in Silence, innocent she lay,
And pressed the Flow’rs with Touch as soft as they.
My thoughts in gentless Sounds she did impart,
Heightened by all the Graces of that Art;        10
And as I sung, I grasped her yielding Thighs,
Till broken Accents faultered into Sighs:
I kissed and wished, and foraged all her store,
Yet wallowing in the Pleasure, I was poor;
No kind Relief my Agonies could ease,        15
I groaned, and cursed Religious Cruelties.
The trembling Nymph all o’er Confusion lay,
Her melting Looks in sweet Disorder play;
Her Colour varies, and her Breath’s oppressed,
And all her Faculties are dispossessed,        20
At last impetuously her Pulses move,
She gives a mighty Loose to stifled Love;
Then murmurs in a soft Complaint, and cries,
Alas! and thus in soft Convulsions dies.

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