Senex's Soliloquy On His Youthful Idol
by Thomas Campbell
Platonic friendship at your years,
Says Conscience, should content ye:
Nay, name not fondness to her ears,
The darling's scarcely twenty.
Yes, and she'll loathe me unforgiven,
To dote thus out of season;
But beauty is a beam from heaven,
That dazzles blind our reason.
I'll challenge Plato from the skies,
Yes, from his spheres harmonic
To look in M____y C____'s eyes,
And try to be Platonic.
Source:The Poetical Works Of Thomas Campbell
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston