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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
II. La téte Coupee
By Harold Greenthal
(From the French of Tristan Klingsor, 1921)

IF you ever say again,
Old Shemseddin, grey-bearded knave,
That you have had in your bed
The body of my little Zuleika,
That you have possessed her        5
For three Ormuz sugar-plums
And a piece of gold,—
Beware lest someone soon find,
Among the roses of your garden—
Where jets of water sing all night—        10
The severed head of Shemseddin!

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