Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
(From Songs, Comic, and Satyrical, by George Alexander Stevens, 1782)

I WONDER, quote Dame, as her Spouse she embraces,
How strumpets can look, how they dare show their faces,
And those wicked Wives who from Husbands’ arms fly,
Lord, where do they think they must go when they die?
But next day, by Husband, with ’Prentice Boy caught,        5
When she from the bed was to Toilet-glass brought,
Her head he held up, with this gentle Rebuke—
My Dear! you were wishing to know how Whores look!
Turn your eyes to that table, at once you will see
What faces Jades wear; then, my Dear, behold me.        10
Your Features confess the Adulteress clear,
My visage exhibits how Cuckolds appear.
You ask’d where bad Wives go? why, really, my Chick,
You must with the rest of them go to Old Nick!
If Beelzebub don’t such damned Tennants disown,        15
For bad Wives, he knows make a Hell of their own.
All the world would be wed, if the Clergy could show
Any rule in the service to change I for O:
How happy the Union of Marriage would prove,
Not long as we Live joined, but long as we Love.        20
At his feet she sunk down, Sorrow lent her such Moans
That Resentment was gagged by her Tears and her Tones.
What could Hubby do then? what could then Hubby do?
But Sympathy struck, as she cried, he cried too.
O Corregio! could I Sigismunda design        25
Or exhibit a Magdalen Guido, like thine,
I would paint the fond Look which the Penitent stole,
That pierced her soft Partner, and sunk to his Soul.
Transported to doating! he raised the Distressed,
And tenderly held her long time to his Breast;        30
On the Bed gently laid her, by her gently laid,
And the Breach there was closed the same way it was made.

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