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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
Humorous Poems: IV. Ingenuities: Oddities
The Collegian to His Bride
From Punch

Being a Mathematical Madrigal in the Simplest Form

CHARMER, on a given straight line,
And which we will call B C,
Meeting at a common point A,
Draw the lines A C, A B.
But, my sweetest, so arrange it        5
That they ’re equal, all the three;
Then you ’ll find that, in the sequel,
All their angles, too are equal.
Equal angles, so to term them,
Each one opposite its brother!        10
Equal joys and equal sorrows,
Equal hopes, ’t were sin to smother,
Equal,—O, divine ecstatics,—
Based on Hutton’s mathematics!

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