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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Progress of Love
By Robert Dodsley (1704–1764)
BENEATH the myrtle’s secret shade,
  When Delia blest my eyes;
At first I view’d the lovely maid
  In silent soft surprise.
With trembling voice, and anxious mind,        5
  I softly whisper’d love;
She blush’d a smile so sweetly kind,
  Did all my fears remove.
Her lovely yielding form I prest,
  Sweet maddening kisses stole;        10
And soon her swimming eyes confest
  The wishes of her soul:
In wild tumultuous bliss I cry,
  “O Delia, now be kind!”
She press’d me close, and with a sigh,        15
  To melting joys resign’d.

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