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First Line: Fond lunatic forbear, why dost thou sue
Last Line: Do in effect but cuckold their own bed.
Subject(s): Premarital Sex


FOND Lunatic forbear, why dost thou sue
For thy affection's pay ere it is due?
Love's fruits are legal use; and therefore may
Be only taken on the marriage day.
Who for this interest too early call,
By that exaction lose the principal.

Then gather not those immature delights,
Until their riper autumn thee invites.
He that abortive corn cuts off his ground,
No husband but a ravisher is found:
So those that reap their love before they wed,
Do in effect but cuckold their own bed.





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