THE PROGRESS OF LOVE
by: James Oswald (1710-1769)
- ENEATH the
Myrtle's secret Shade
- When Delia blest my Eyes,
- At first I viewed the lovely Maid
- In silent soft surprise;
- With trembling Voice, and Anxious Mind,
- I softly whispered Love,
- She blush'd a Smile so sweetly kind,
- Did all my fears remove;
- Did all my fears remove.
- Her lovely yielding form I prest,
- Sweet Maddening Kisses stole;
- And soon her swimming Eyes confest,
- The wishes of her Soul:
- In wild tumultuous Bliss I cry,
- O Delia now be kind,
- She prest me close and with a Sigh,
- To melting joys resign'd;
- To melting joys resign'd.
POEMS BY JAMES OSWALD
"The Progress of Love"
is reprinted from Poetica Erotica. Ed. T.R. Smith. New
York: Crown Publishers, 1921.