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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Ich liebe solche weisse Glieder
By Heinrich Heine (1797–1856)
 
(Catherine, III.; translated by Louis Untermeyer)

I LOVE this white and slender body,
  These limbs that answer Love’s caresses,
Passionate eyes, and forehead covered
  With heavy waves of thick, black tresses.
 
You are the very one I’ve searched for        5
  In many lands, in every weather.
You are my sort; you understand me;
  As equals we can talk together.
 
In me you’ve found the man you care for.
  And, for a while, you’ll richly pay me        10
With kindness, kisses and endearments—
  And then, as usual, you’ll betray me.
 
 
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