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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
To Phœbe
By William Schwenck Gilbert
“GENTLE, modest, little flower,
  Sweet epitome of May,
Love me but for half-an-hour,
  Love me, love me, little fay.”
Sentences so fiercely flaming        5
  In your tiny shell-like ear,
I should always be exclaiming
  If I loved you, PHŒBE, dear.
“Smiles that thrill from any distance
  Shed upon me while I sing!        10
Please ecstaticise existence,
  Love me, oh, thou fairy thing!”
Words like these, outpouring sadly,
  You’d perpetually hear,
If I loved you, fondly, madly;—        15
  But I do not, PHŒBE, dear.

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