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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Grove
By John Oldmixon (1673–1742)
O ’TIS sweet, ’tis wondrous sweet
When I and Amaryllis meet
In a fragrant shady grove,
Full of wishes, full of love.
O what pretty things we say!        5
How the minutes fly away!
When, with glances mingling kisses,
We prepare for softer blisses;
On some mossy bank we lie,
Play and touch, embrace and die;        10
Then from little feuds and jars
We proceed to amorous wars;
O how many heavens we find!
I am young and she is kind,
Kind and free without design,        15
Mine at will and only mine;
Smiling always, always toying,
Ever fond, yet never cloying.
Could the coldest hermit see
Half the sweets enjoyed by me;        20
Happy once to see her eyes,
Press her lips and hear her sighs,
Clasp her waist and touch her skin,
Soon he would forget the sin:
All his darling hopes of bliss        25
In a distant Paradise,
All with ease he would resign
For a minute’s taste of mine.

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