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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
Senex’s Soliloquy on His Youthful Idol
By Thomas Campbell
PLATONIC friendship, at your years,
  Says Conscience, should content ye:
Nay, name not fondness to her ears—
  The darling’s scarcely twenty.
Yes; and she’ll loathe me, unforgiven,        5
  To dote thus out of season;
But beauty is a beam from heaven
  That dazzles blind our reason.
I’ll challenge Plato from the skies,
  Yes, from his spheres harmonic,        10
To look in Mary Campbell’s eyes
  And try to be Platonic.

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