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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
“O the Time That Is Past”
Anonymous
 
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1707)

      O THE TIME that is past,
      When she held me so fast,
And declared that her Honour no longer could last;
When no light but her languishing Eyes did appear,
To prevent all excuses of Blushes and Fear.        5
 
      When she sighed and unlaced,
      With such Trembling and haste,
As if she had longed to be closer Embraced;
My Lips the sweet pleasure of Kisses enjoyed,
While my Mind was in search of hid Treasure employed.        10
 
      My Heart set on fire,
      With the flames of desire,
I boldly pursued what she seemed to require;
But she cried for pity-sake, change your ill Mind,
Pray Amyntas be Civil, or I’ll be unkind.        15
 
      Dear Amyntas, she cries,
      Then casts down her Eyes,
And in Kisses she gives, what in words she denies;
Too sure of my Conquest, I purpose to stay,
Till her free Consent had more sweetened the Prey.        20
 
      But too late I begun,
      For her Passion was done,
Now Amyntas, she cries, I will never be won;
Your Tears and your Courtship no pity can move,
For you’ve slighted the Critical minute of Love.        25
 
 
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