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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Celladon, When Spring Came on”
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719)

CELLADON, when Spring came on,
  Wooed Sylvia in a Grove,
Both gay and young, and still he sung
  The sweet Delights of Love:
Wedded Joys in Girls and Boys,        5
  And pretty Chat of this and that,
The honey kiss, and charming Bliss
  That crowns the Marriage Bed;
He snatched her Hand, she blushed and fanned,
  And seemed as if afraid,        10
Forbear, she cries, your fawning Lies,
  I’ve vowed to die a Maid.
Celladon at that began
  To talk of Apes in Hell,
And what was worse the odious Curse,        15
  Of growing old and stale,
Loss of Bloom, when Wrinkles come,
  And offers kind, when none will mind,
The rosie Joy, and sparkling Eye,
  Grown faded and decayed,        20
At which when known, she changed her Tone,
  And to the Shepherd said,
Dear Swain give o’er, I’ll think once more,
  Before I’ll die a Maid.

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