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First Line: Kiss, lovely celia, and be kind
Last Line: Ere they set foot in nuptial bed.
Subject(s): Courtship

Kiss, lovely Celia, and be kind,
Let my desires freedom find,
Sit thee down,
And we will make the gods confess
Mortals enjoy some happiness.

Mars would disdain his mistress' charms
If he beheld thee in my arms,
And descend,
Thee his mortal queen to make
Or live as mortal for thy sake.

Venus must lose her title now,
And leave to brag of Cupid's bow--
Silly queen!
She hath but one, but I can spy
Ten thousand Cupids in thy eye.

Nor may the sun behold our bliss,
For sure thy eyes do dazzle his;
If thou fear
That he'll betray thee with his light,
Let me eclipse thee from his sight!
And while I shade thee from his eye,
Oh let me hear thee gently cry,
Celia yields!
Maids often lose their maidenhead,
Ere they set foot in nuptial bed.

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