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

OLD KHALIF with the perfumed beard,
You have imprisoned my beloved
In a hundred robes of silk
And scarlet velvet:
But the five little white mice        5
That are her fingers
Know how to deliver quickly
Her flower-fleshed body,
While the eunuch at the door
Sleeps like a heron on one foot.        10

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