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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
Dictum Sapienti
By Charles Henry Webb
THAT ’t is well to be off with the old love
  Before one is on with the new
Has somehow passed into a proverb—
  But I never have found it true.
No love can be quite like the old love,        5
  Whate’er may be said for the new—
And if you dismiss me, my darling,
  You may come to this thinking, too.
Were the proverb not wiser if mended,
  And the fickle and wavering told        10
To be sure they’re on with the new love
  Before they are off with the old?

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