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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
I Doubt It
College Humor
 
Anonymous, in “The Yale Literary Magazine”

WHEN a pair of red lips are upturned to your own,
  With no one to gossip about it,
Do you pray for endurance to let them alone?
  Well, maybe you do—but I doubt it.
 
When a sly little hand you’re permitted to seize,        5
  With a velvety softness about it,
Do you think you can drop it with never a squeeze?
  Well, maybe you do—but I doubt it.
 
When a tapering waist is in reach of your arm,
  With a wonderful plumpness about it,        10
Do you argue the point ’twixt the good and the harm?
  Well, maybe you do—but I doubt it.
 
And if by these tricks you should capture a heart,
  With a womanly softness about it,
Will you guard it and keep it, and act the good part?        15
  Well, maybe you will—but I doubt it.
 
 
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