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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Young Phaon
Anonymous
 
(From Choice Ayres & Songs [John Playford], ii. 1679)

YOUNG Phaon strove the Bliss to taste;
  But Sappho still deny’d;
She struggled long, the youth at last,
  Lay panting by her side.
Useless he lay, Love would not wait,        5
  ’Till they could both agree;
They idly languish’d in debate,
  When they should active be.
 
At last, come ruin me, she cry’d,
  And then there fell a Tear:        10
I’ll in thy Breast my Blushes hide,
  Do all that Virgins fear.
Oh, that age could love’s Rites perform,
  We make Old Men obey;
They court us long, Youth does but storm,        15
  And plunder and away.
 
 
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