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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Rondelay
By John Dryden (1631–1700)
 
(From Miscellany Poems, 1693)

CHLOE found Amyntas lying,
  All in Tears, upon the plain,
Sighing to himself, and crying,
  Wretched I, to love in vain!
Kiss me, dear, before my dying;        5
  Kiss me once, and ease my pain.
 
Sighing to himself, and crying,
  Wretched I, to love in vain!
Ever scorning, and denying
  To reward your faithful swain        10
Kiss me, dear, before my dying;
  Kiss me once, and ease my pain!
 
Ever scorning, and denying
  To reward your faithful swain.
Chloe, laughing at his crying,        15
  Told him that he lov’d in vain:
Kiss me, dear, before my dying;
  Kiss me once, and ease my pain!
 
Chloe, laughing at his crying,
  Told him that he lov’d in vain;        20
But repenting, and complying,
  When he kiss’d, she kiss’d again:
Kissed him up, before his dying;
  Kissed him up, and eas’d his pain.
 
 
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