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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Nuptial Night
By Donald Evans (1884–1921)
(From Discords, 1911)

WE are alone; the marriage-knot is fast;
  The door is closed against the world outside.
Nothing now stands between me and my bride,
The fatal, fruitful midnight comes at last.
We grope toward a kiss; escape is past,        5
  But for a moment may we still abide
  Possessed of our own souls, and then love’s tide
Sweeps us to seaward strangled and aghast.

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