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Richard Lovelace

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Love, then unstinted, Love did sip,
And cherries plucked fresh from the lip;
On cheeks and roses free he fed;
Lasses like autumn plums did drop,
And lads indifferently did crop
A flower and a maidenhead.
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Love Made in the First Age: To Chloris (l. 13–18).

 
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