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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
“Says Dicky to Dolly, I Love Thee So Well”
(From The Virgin Sacrifice; (c. 1720); set by Mr. Turner)

SAYS Dicky to Dolly, I love thee so well,
That I’ll teach thee more wit than to lead Apes in Hell,
            Then Honey, quoth he,
            If mine thou wilt be,
            No longer deny me,        5
            But come and sit by me;
My Lambs and my Kids, my Cattle and Kine,
My Pigs and my Sow, and my all shall be thine.
What tho’ I can’t keep thee a Coach and a Chaise,
Nor dress thee in Silk, but plain Russet and Frieze,        10
            I’ll give thee the Joys,
            Of Sweet Girls and Boys;
            Let Knights, Lords and Ladies,
            Boast their half gotten Babies,
Not puny young Squire, nor Miss in her Pride,        15
Can match the Stout Bantlings by a Country fire Side.
Tho’ waked with the Lark, I cant lie till Noon,
By my Puggy’s dear Side like ye drones of the Town,
            Ne’er fear my sweet Joy,
            The Jolly brisk Boy,        20
            When merrily Jogging,
            Home to the Brown Noggin,
Thou from milking the cows, and I from the Plough,
We’el laugh and we’el frolic, upon the Hay-Mow.
Thus heartily wooed, by her Dicky so stout,        25
The melting poor Thing, could no longer hold out,
            But tickled and pleased
            Her fancy so raised,
            She heaved, and She panted
            For Something She wanted;        30
Whilst to hear her dear Dick such a brisk Lad of Mettle,
She Simpered and smil’d like a Furmity Kettle.

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