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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Ivory and Rose
By Louis Untermeyer (1885–1977)
(From The New Adam, 1920)

HERE in this moonlit room, I watch you slip
  One shoulder from your dress and turn to me;
A polished statue, flushing to the tip
  Of marble fingers gradually.
And, like a ripe moon out of flimsy clouds,        5
  Blossoms the shining fulness of your breast.
These curves conceal, this dear perfection shrouds
  A soft, miraculous nest.
Your ivory body pulses as the white
  Flesh catches flame and rosy tremblings move        10
Over this sanctuary of delight,
  The last asylum of our love.

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