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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
From “The Songs of Bilitis”
XXX. The Tresses
By Pierre Louÿs (1870–1925)
(1894. Translated from the French by Horace Manchester Brown. 1904)

HE said to me, “Last night I dreamed.
Thy locks were swept about my neck.
I had thy hair, like a black necklace,
All about my nape, and spread upon my breast.
  “I kissed it, and it was mine;        5
And by it we were bound together for all time;
With lip upon lip, and intertwining locks,
We were one, like two laurels with one root.
  “And little by little it seemed to me,
So were our limbs confused,        10
I became thyself, and that thou
Entered into me like my thought.”
  When he had finished speaking,
Softly he laid his hand upon my shoulders,
Into my eyes he gazed so tenderly,        15
That I lowered my glance, shivering.

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