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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Song: “Dear Colin, prevent my warm Blushes”
(From The Cupid, 1736)

DEAR Colin, prevent my warm Blushes,
  Since how can I speak without pain,
My eyes have oft told you my Wishes,
  Oh, can’t you their meaning explain?
My Passion would lose by Expression,        5
  And you too might cruelly blame;
Then don’t you expect a confession
  Of what is too tender to name!
Since yours is the province of speaking,
  Why should you expect it from me?        10
Our wishes should be in our keeping,
  Till you tell us what they should be:
Then quickly why don’t your discover?
  Did your heart feel such tortures as mine,
Eyes need not tell over and over,        15
  What I in my bosom confine!

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