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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Upon a Favour Offered
By William Walsh (1663–1708)
 
(1692)

CÆLIA, too late you would repent:
  The off’ring all your store,
Is now but like a pardon sent
  To one that’s dead before.
 
While at the first you cruel proved,        5
  And grant the bliss too late,
You hindered me of one I loved,
  To give me one I hate.
 
I thought you innocent as fair,
  When first my court I made;        10
But when your falsehoods plain appear,
  My love no longer stayed.
 
Your bounty of those favours shown,
  Whose worth you first deface,
Is melting valued metals down,        15
  And giving us the brass.
 
Oh since the thing we beg’s a toy
  That’s prized by love alone,
Why cannot women grant the joy
  Before our love is gone?        20
 
 
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