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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
The Rapture
By Thomas D’Urfey (1653–1723)
(1683; set by Mr. Thos. Farmer)

AS on Serena’s panting Breast
  The happy Strephon lay,
With Love and Beauty doubly blest
  He past the hours away:
Fierce Raptures of transporting Love,        5
  And pleasure struck him dumb,
He envied not the pow’rs above,
  Nor all the joys to come.
As painful Bees far off do rove,
  To bring their Treasure home,        10
So Strephon ranged the Field of Love,
  To make his honey Comb;
Her Ruby lips he sucked and pressed,
  From whence all sweets derive,
Then buzzing round her snowy Breast;        15
  Soon crept into the hive.

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