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Young I am and yet unskilled

Language: English

Young I am and yet unskilled
How to make a lover yield,
How to keep, [or]1 how to gain,
When to love, and when to feign. 

Take me, take me, some of you,
While I yet am young and true;
[Ere I can my soul disguise,
Heave my breasts, and roll my eyes.

Stay not till I learn the way, 
How to lie, and to betray; 
He that has me first, is blest, 
For I may deceive the rest. 

Could I find a blooming youth,
Full of love and full of truth,
Brisk, and of a jaunty mien,
I should long to be fifteen.]2


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Stay not till I learn the way
How to fib and how betray,
E'er I can my thoughts disguise,
Force a blush or roll my eyes.
Take me, take me, some of you,
While I yet am young and true.

Could I find a blooming youth,
Full of love and full of truth,
Of honest mind and noble mien,
I should long to be sixteen.
Take me, take me, some of you,
While I yet am young and true.

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:27
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Word count: 104

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