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.
Julia’s Clothes
By Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
AH, when at night my lady sweet
Loosens the honeyed linen from her thigh,
  Girdle and smock and all the warm things lie
Fall’n in a snowdrift round her feet;
Or like the foam that kissed the toes        5
  Of Venus, nailed with pearl,
When from the sea she rose,
  The wondrous golden girl.
Then, bending low, I take the sweet cloud up,
  Stained through with sweets from arm and breast and thigh,        10
  And, like a greedy gloating butterfly,
Upon the hoarded fragrance sup and sup.
  Yea, as I feast upon my lady’s clothes,
  I dream I am a bee, and they a rose.

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