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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
A Song: “Young I am and yet unskill’d”
(Late 18th Century)

YOUNG I am and yet unskill’d
How to make a lover yield;
How to keep, and how to gain,
When to love, and when to feign.
Take me, take me some of you        5
While I yet am young and true;
E’re I can my soul disguise,
Heave my breasts, and roll my eyes.
Stay not till I learn the way
How to lie and to betray;        10
He that has me first is blest,
For I may deceive the rest.
Could I find a blooming youth
Full of love, and full of truth,
Brisk, and of a jaunty mien,        15
I should long to be fifteen.

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