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.
The Bed of Love
By James F. Morton, Jr.
(U.S. 1905)

GARDEN of bliss, where fairest flowers are culled;
    Rich mine of treasures, wanting no bright gem;
Serpentless Eden of a blesséd pair;
    Best jewel in a life’s bright diadem.
Hence with the thought of shame to him who deems        5
    Foul evil of the joys he may not share!
There is no stain in love; the only sin
    Is his who scorns the garb of love to wear.
Sweet home of passion, nest of mated hearts
    Quick throbbing each to each in wild desire;        10
Till swift, resistless, through each pulse and vein
    Leaps quivering forth love’s own magnetic fire.
O wretched, empty lives, that never knew
    The thrill of love’s ecstatic, fierce embrace!
When, lips to lips tight pressed, heart beats to heart,        15
    With hot, sharp breaths; and love-fired limbs enlace.
Thy sweet will, love, be done! From that blest couch
    Fond lovers may not rise unsatisfied;
Denied the crowning act of perfect bliss,
    When being into being seems to glide.        20
Rest, loving hearts, in blissful lassitude,
    Still tightly clasped in soft, encircling arms.
Sleep, sweetly sleep, to wake and taste again
    The maddening richness of each other’s charms.
Love’s hour is brief, but crowned with wealth beyond        25
    The brightest splendors of the loveless years.
The thrones of monarchs and the seats of gods
    Shrink all to naught in love’s bright smiles or tears.
Best home of love! To many an amorous fray
    We vow thy snowy sheets to dedicate;        30
That bards to come, in oft-repeated strains,
    Thy perfect hours may long commemorate.

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