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Magdalene College - Pepys
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The Damsels Dream:
OR, HER
Sorrowful Lamentation for her most unhappy Disappointment.
To the Tune of I often for my Jenny strove. Licensed according to Order.

I Once lay slaping on my Bed
in a most joyfull Extasie,
No Creature but my Maidenhead
all night to bear me Company;
There I dream't of Golden Pleasures,
which did most delightfull seem;
My Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

A youthfull Gallant tall and trim
to me did perfect kindness show,
My Heart was soon enflam'd with him,
and Love in e'ery Vein did flow;
Twenty thousand times he Kist me
which did most delightful seem:
Yet Friends believe me it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

He talked of a Married State
and bid me then appoint the Day;
To which I condescended strait
having not power to say nay;
I thought e'ery Minute seven,
Marriage Life so sweet did seem
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a dream.

The wish'd for Morning came as last,
wherein I should be happy made,
And through the Street I thought I past,
with Bride-maids sumptuously array'd.
And my Heart with Joys transported,
this blest day did pleasant seem:
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

When Dinner came my Joys was crown'd,
my Heart was lifted up in Pride,
To see the smiling Bowl go round,
with Healths to the beloved Bride,
And therewith they often joy'd me,
this did most delightfull seem;
Yet Friends believe me, this did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

I after Dinner was convey'd,
into a fair and spacious Hall,
Where most delgihtful Music play'd,
we for the sweetest Tunes did call;
But I wish'd the day soon ended,
the night would more pleasant seem:
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

I thought it then a tedious day,
wishing for the approaching night:
I to my self did often say
I then shall have my Hearts delight;
In the Arms of my sweet Bridegroom
thus did most delightfull seem:
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

Now when the tedious day was past,
and I was in my Chamber lead
Thought I long look'd for's come at last
oh! now Farewell my Maidenhead:
This no longer shall torment me,
Married State do's pleasant seem:
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

I was unstripp'd, to Bed I went,
then came to me my sweet Bridegroom,
After short time in laughter spent,
our Friends did all depart the Room;
In his Arms he then embrac'd me,
this did most delightfull seem;
Yet Friends believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.

His Arms was round my slender Waste,
the pleasant Joys of Love did reap;
E'er I those pleasant Charms could taste
alas! I waken'd from my Sleep:
Would my Sleep had longer lasted,
for it did most pleasant seem;
Young-men believe me, it did grieve me,
When I found it but a Dream.


Printed for P. Brooksby, J. Deacon, J. Blare, J. Back.

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