Quotation by Matthew Prior

'No, no; for my virginity,
When I lose that,' says Rose, 'I'll die':
'Behind the elms last night,' cried Dick,
'Rose, were you not extremely sick?'
Matthew Prior (1664–1721), British poet. A True Maid (l. 1–4). . .

Norton Introduction to Poetry, The. J. Paul Hunter, ed. (3d ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
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