Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

July 27, 1777 - June 15, 1844


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.


The Poetical Works Of Thomas Campbell
Copyright 1866
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston