T. R. Smith, comp. Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse. 192122.
From The Songs of Bilitis CXIX. Intimacies
By Pierre Louÿs (18701925)
(1894. Translated from the French by Horace Manchester Brown. 1904)
WHY am I become Lesbian, O Bilitis, thou askest me? But what player of the flute is not a Lesbian in some degree? I am poor; I have no bed; I lie with her who wishes me, and I thank her with that which I have.
When we are small we already dance naked; and what dances? Thou knowest, my dear one: the twelve desires of Aphrodite. We look each upon the other, we compare the beauty of our nakedness, and we find it beautiful.
During the long night we are warmed by the pleasure of the lookers-on; but our ardor is not feigned, and so strongly do we feel it, that sometimes, behind the doors, one of us may embrace a companion who consents.