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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Presbyterian Wedding
(Words and music from Musical Miscellany, 1729)

   —Procul ô procul este Profani!
Conclamat Vates totoque absistite Luco.

A CERTAIN Presbyterian Pair
  Were wedded t’other day;
And when in Bed the Lambs were laid,
  Their Pastor came to pray.
But first he bade each Guest depart,        5
  Nor sacred Rites profane;
For carnal Eyes such Mysteries
  Can never entertain.
Then with a Puritanic Air,
  Unto the Lord he pray’d,        10
That he would please to grant Encrease
  To that same man and maid:
And that the Husbandman might dress
  Full well the Vine his Wife;
And like a Vine she still might twine        15
  About him all her Life.
Sack Posset then he gave them both,
  And said with lifted Eyes,
Blest of the Lord! with one Accord
  Begin your Enterprise.        20
The Bridegroom then drew near his Spouse,
  T’apply Prolific Balm;
And while they strove in mutual Love,
  The Parson sung a Psalm.

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