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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Love Charms
By Alfred Bryan (1871–1958)
(From Pagan Love Lyrics, 1921)

IF I cannot be your Master, let me be your Slave!
  Let me be the wanton of your breast!
Let me be the lover of your limb!
  Torture me until the ultimate I crave.
Let me lift unto your lips a redder cup of wine!        5
  Let me whisper in your ear some new desire—
A warrior flame your white flesh to incarnadine.
  Then, let my love put out the fire.
Wed me. Make me swear allegiance to your breast,
  And tell me that your body I must share        10
With other lovers,—more of you possessed,—
  So I have you some time, what need I care?

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