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T. R. Smith, comp.  Poetica Erotica: Rare and Curious Amatory Verse.  1921–22.
 
Sonnets to Aurelia
X. “When, having written much, I reach my span”
By Robert Nichols (1893–1944)
 
(From Aurelia & Other Poems, 1920)

WHEN, having written much, I reach my span,
  And you, that you, shall halt beside my grave,
Whom I to delirium loved as living man,
  Mourn not that me, though, mayhap, the World have
Honoured my tomb with register of worth        5
  In difficult assessment of my due,
Recorded my rarer services on earth,
  And grief protested, likely enough true.
 
Mourn not that me, but gazing on the mould,
  Summon to memory my eyes’ keen light,        10
My thorough hands, my arms so hard in hold,
  My lips whose kisses burned away the night:
  For, though the World may curious worths discover
  My pride it is I was your well-prized lover.
 
 
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