Verse > Anthologies > T. R. Smith, ed. > Poetica Erotica: A Collection of Rare and Curious Amatory Verse
T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
Too Cold to Lie Alone
(From Ane Pleasant Garden [c. 1800]; edited by C. Kirkpatrick Sharpe)

DEAREST Jenny, thou must love me,
  Troth, my bonny lad, I do;
Since thou says so, come I’ll prove thee,
  Dearest thou must kiss me too.
Take a kiss or two, my own dear Jockie,        5
  For more I dare give none, I trow;
Fush, quoth he, be not unlucky,
  Pray, wed me first and all will do.
Not for all Fife and lands about it,
  I’ll ne’er wed for to be bound,        10
Neither can I live without thee
  For five hundred thousand pound.
Then thou will die if I forsake thee,
  Better die as be undone;
Since thou says so, come I’ll take thee,        15
  It’s too cold to lie alone.

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