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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Song of Khan Zada
By Laurence Hope (Adela Florence Nicolson) (1865–1904)
(From India’s Love Lyrics, 1902)

AS one may sip a Stranger’s Bowl
You gave yourself but not your soul.
I wonder, now that time has passed,
Where you will come to rest at last.
You gave your beauty for an hour,        5
I held it gently as a flower.
You wished to leave me, told me so,—
I kissed your feet and let you go.

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