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

MUCH I love a charming Creature,
But the Flame with which I burn,
Is not for each tender Feature,
Nor her wit nor sprightly turn,
  But for her down a down down, down derry,        5
  Hey down down a down derry down.
On the Grass I saw her Lying,
Straight I seized her tender waist,
On her Back she lay complying,
With her lovely Body placed,        10
  Under my down a down down, down derry, &c.
But the Nymph being young and tender,
Could not bear the dreadful smart,
Still unwilling to surrender,
Called Mamma to take the part,        15
  Of her down a down down, down derry, &c.
Out of breath Mamma came Running,
To prevent poor Nancy’s Fate,
But the Girl now grown more cunning,
Cried, Mamma you’re come too late,        20
  For I am down a down down, down a,
  For I am down, a down derry down.

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