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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
Cross-Purposes
College Humor
 
F. T. Cooper, in “The Harvard Lampoon”

WE have paused to watch the quiver
Of faint moonbeams on the river,
      By the gate.
We have heard something calling,
And a heavy dew is falling,        5
      Yet we wait.
 
It is, no doubt, very silly
To stay out in all this chilly
      Evening mist;
Still I linger, hesitating,        10
For her lips are plainly waiting
      To be kissed.
 
So I stoop to take possession
Of the coveted concession
      On the spot;        15
But she draws back with discreetness,
Saying, with tormenting sweetness,
      “I guess not.”
 
Her whole manner is provoking:
“Oh, well, I was only joking,”        20
      I reply.
She looks penitently pretty,
As she answers, “What a pity!
      So was I.”
 
 
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