Invitation to Dalliance by John Mennes

Be not thou so foolish nice,
As to be intreated twice;
What should Women more incite,
Then their own sweet appetite?

Shall savage things more freedom have
Than nature unto Women gave?
The Swan, the Turtle, and the Sparrow
Bill a while, then take the marrow.
They Bill, they Kisse, what else they doe
Come Bill, and Kisse, and I’le shew you.

From: Mennes, John, Musarum deliciæ: or, The Muses recreation. Conteining severall select pieces of sportive wit, 2008, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, p. 58.

Date: 1655

By: John Mennes (1599-1671)

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