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

GOOD morning.—To you good morning.—Thou art in a hurry.—Perhaps less than you think.—Thou art a pretty girl.—Perhaps prettier than you believe.
  “What is thy charming name?—I will not tell you that so quickly.—Thou hast no one for this evening?—Always my lover.—And how do you love him?—Any way he wishes.  2
  “Shall we sup together?—If thou wishest. But what will you give me?—This.—Five drachmas? That must be for my slave. And for me?—Name the sum.—An hundred.  3
  “Where dost thou live?—In this blue house.—At what hour may I send for thee?—At once, if you wish.—At once, then.—Go before, I will follow.”  4

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