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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
The Fashionable Shepherdess
Anonymous
 
(From Pills to Purge Melancholy, 1719)

AT the break of morning light,
  When the marbled Sky look gay;
Nature self all perfect bright,
  Smiled to see the God of Day:
Charming prospect, verdant Trees,        5
  Azure Hill, enamelled Sky;
Birds with warbling Throats to please,
  Striving each which shall outvie.
 
Lisbea then with wond’rous haste,
  O’er a green sword Plain she flew;        10
Thus my Angel as she past,
  The Eyes of ev’ry Shepherd drew:
When they had the Nymph espied,
  All amazed cried there she goes;
Thus by blooming Beauty tried,        15
  Thought a second Sun arose.
 
Ev’ry Swain the Sun mistook,
  Dazzled by refulgent Charms;
And with Joy their Flocks forsook,
  For to follow Love’s Alarms:        20
All ’till now were perfect Friends,
  Bound by Innocence and Truth;
’Till sly Love to gain his ends,
  Made a difference ’twixt each Youth.
 
Each expected which should be,        25
  Made the happy Man by Love;
While for want of Liberty,
  None could truly happy prove;
But at length they all arriv’d,
  To a charming easy Grove;        30
Where the Nymph had well contriv’d,
  To be happy with her Love.
 
There in amorous folding twin’d,
  Strephon with his Lisbea lay;
Both to mutual Joys enclin’d,        35
  Let their Inclinations stray:
As the curling Vines embracing,
  Fondly of the Oak around;
So the blooming Nymph’s caressing,
  Of her Swain with pleasure crown’d.        40
 
How surpriz’d were e’ry Swain,
  When they found the Nymph engaged;
Disappointment heightened Pain,
  Till it made them more enraged:
Arm your self with Resolution,        45
  Cried the most revengeful he;
We’ll contrive her Swain’s Confusion,
  Let him fall as much as we.
 
Several Punishments they Invented,
  For to Torture helpless he;        50
All revengeful, ne’er contented,
  Cruel to a vast Degree:
One more envious in the rear,
  Thus his Sentiments let slip;
Make him like the Cavalier,        55
  And for the Opera him Equip.
 
 
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