Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
To Celia
By George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham (1628–1687)
(Misc. Works, 1729)

GIVE Celia but to me alone
Ten thousand kisses all in one;
Let me not such from thee receive
As daughters to their fathers give,
Or as the sister to her brother,        5
Or the young fondling to her mother,
But such as by the panting bride.
Now lying at her husband’s side;
(The fort but once or twice assayed,
Not fully gained, still half a maid)        10
Are in sweet short breathed murmurs paid.
I must to lengthen on the pleasure,
Dwell on thy lips, and kiss by leisure;
Who am not one that loves to kiss
Goddesses, breathless images,        15
Nor can I the most beauteous saint,
The loveliest face, salute in paint:
Warm flesh and blood I’d rather choose
A tender creature full of juice,
Darting her nimble tongue between        20
My moistened lips; there meeting mine,
Sometimes I’d catch the pliant toy,
Suck it a while with eager joy;
Then let it go, and gently nip,
Instead of it the nether lip.        25
Thus Celia, would we sport away
Like cooing doves, the happy day;
And never sated with delight,
Begin the same again at night.
Compared with kisses, such as these,        30
Nectar, itself, insipid is:
Give me but these alone, and leave
To stroke thy bubbies as they heave:
Let my hand thence, but quickly rove
Down to the pleasing seat of love,        35
Whither, do what we can, i’ the end
Our curiosity will tend.
Then let those mistresses above,
Venus and Hebe (that of love,
And this of youth, the deity)        40
Fall to whose share they will for me,
I’ll envy none, nor e’er repine,
Since, judge who will, the odds are mine.

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