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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes. 1906.

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,

Yet we wait.

It is, no doubt, very silly

To stay out in all this chilly

Evening mist;

Still I linger, hesitating,

For her lips are plainly waiting

To be kissed.

So I stoop to take possession

Of the coveted concession

On the spot;

But she draws back with discreetness,

Saying, with tormenting sweetness,

“I guess not.”

Her whole manner is provoking:

“Oh, well, I was only joking,”

I reply.

She looks penitently pretty,

As she answers, “What a pity!

So was I.”