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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
A Song: “For God’s-sake—nay, dear sir”
By Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
 
I.
FOR God’s-sake—nay, dear sir,
  Lord, what do you mean,
I protest, and I vow, sir,
  Your ways are obscene.
 
II.
Pray give over, O! fie,
        5
  Pish, leave off your fooling,
Forbear, or I’ll cry,—
  I hate this rude doing.
 
III.
Let me die if I stay,
  Does the devil possess you?        10
  Your hand take away,
    Then perhaps I may bless you.
 
 
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