Sunday, June 8, 2008

Sluts of the 17th and 18th Century

Inconstancy in Love by Robert Burns

Let not Women e’er complain
Of inconstancy in love;
Let not Women e’er complain
Fickle man is apt to rove:
Look abroad thro’ Nature’s range,
Nature’s mighty Law is change,
Ladies, would it not seem stranger
Man should then a monster prove!
Mark the winds, and mark the skies,
Ocean’s ebb, and ocean’s flow,
Sun and moon but set to rise,
Round and round the seasons go.
Why then ask of silly Man
To oppose great Nature’s plan?
We’ll be constant while we can-
You can be no more, you know.
“O Blush Not So” by John Keats
O blush not so! O blush not so!
Or I shall think you knowing;
And if you smile the blushing while,
Then maidenheads are going.
There’s blush for want, and a blush for shan’t,
And a blush for having done it;
There’s a blush for thought, and a blush for nought,
And a blush for just begun it.
O sight not so! O sigh not so!
For it sounds of Eve’s sweet pippin;
By those loosened lips that you have tasted the pips
And fought in an amorous nipping.
Will you play once more at nice-cut-core,
For it will last our youth out,
And we have the prime of the kissing time,
We have not one sweet tooth out.
There’s a sigh for aye, and a sigh for nay,
And sigh for “I can’t bear it!”
O what can be done, shall we stay or run?
O cut the sweet apple and share it!

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