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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Ravish’d Lover
(A Broadside Song with music, c. 1736)

WHEN Fanny blooming fair
  First met my ravished Sight,
Caught with her Shape and Air,
  I felt a strange delight:
Whilst eagerly I gazed,        5
  Admiring ev’ry part,
I every feature praised,
  She stole into my Heart.
In her bewitching Eyes
  Young smiling Loves appear,        10
There Cupid basking lies,
  His Shafts are hoarded there:
Her Blooming cheeks are dyed
  With Colour all their own,
Excelling far the pride        15
  Of Roses newly blown.
Her well turned limbs confess
  The lucky hand of Jove,
Her Features all express,
  The Beauteous Queen of Love.        20
What Flames my Nerves invade,
  When I behold the Breast
Of that too lovely Maid,
  Rise suing to be prest.
Venus round Fanny’s waste,        25
  Hath her own Cestus Bound,
With Guardian Cupids graced,
  Who sport the circle round;
How happy will he be,
  Who shall her Zone unlose;        30
That bliss to all but me
  May Heav’n and she refuse.

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