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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Love Dislikes Nothing
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
 
(Songs from Hesperides, 1648)

WHATSOEVER thing I see,
Rich or poor although it be;
’Tis a mistress unto me.
 
Be my maiden fair or brown,
Does she smile or does she frown,        5
Still I write a sweetheart down.
 
Be she rough or smooth of skin;
When I touch, I then begin
For to let affection in.
 
Be she bald, or does she wear        10
Locks incurl’d of other hair,
I shall find enchantment there.
 
Be she whole, or be she rent,
So my fancy be content,
She’s to me most excellent.        15
 
Be she fat, or be she lean,
Be she sluttish, be she clean,
I’m a man for ev’ry scene.
 
 
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