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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Song: “Oh fie! what mean I, foolish Maid”
Anonymous
 
(From The Cupid, 1736)

OH fie! what mean I, foolish Maid,
In this remote and silent shade,
  To meet with you alone?
My Heart does with the place combine,
And both are more your friends than mine:        5
  Oh! oh! oh! I shall, I shall be undone,
  Oh! oh! oh! oh! I shall be undone.
 
A savage beast I would not fear;
Or, should I meet with villains here,
  I to some cave wou’d run:        10
But such enchanting art you show,
I cannot strive, I cannot go:
  Oh! I shall be undone.
 
Ah! give those sweet temptations o’er,
I’ll touch those dang’rous lips no more,        15
  What must we yet fool on?
Ah! now I yield; ah! now I fall:
Ah! now I have no Breath at all:
  And now I’m quite undone.
 
I’ll see no more your tempting face,        20
Nor meet you in this dangerous place;
  My fame’s for ever gone.
But fame, to speak the truth, is vain,
And every yielding maid does gain,
  By being so undone.        25
 
In such a pleasing storm of bliss,
To such a bank of paradise,
  Who would not swiftly run?
If you but truth to me will swear,
We’ll meet again, nor do I care        30
  How oft I am undone.
 
 
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