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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Jolly Young Swain
(A Broadside Song with music, c. 1720)

A NYMPH of the Plain
By a Jolly Young Swain,
Was addressed to be kind;
But relentless I find
To his Prayers she appeared,        5
Tho’ himself he endeared
  In a manner so soft,
  So engaging, so sweet,
  As soon might persuade
  Her his Passion to meet.        10
How much he ador’d her,
How oft he implor’d her,
I cannot express;
But he loved to excess,
And he swore he should die,        15
Unless she would comply
  In a manner, &c.
While blushes like Roses,
That nature composes,
Vermilioned her Face,
With an Air and a grace,        20
Which her Lover improved,
When he found he had moved
  In a manner, &c.
When waked from the Joy,
Which their Souls did employ,
From her Sweet ruby Lips,        25
Thousand odorous sips;
Then amazed at her Eyes,
Says he faints and he dies
  In a manner, &c.
But how they should part,
Now became all their smart,        30
Till he vowed to his fair,
That to ease his own care,
He would meet her again,
And till then be in pain
  In a manner, &c.

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