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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
Capriciousness
College Humor
 
F. T. Cooper, in “The Harvard Lampoon”

DURING a pause from a breathless dance,
Somewhat withdrawn from mama’s keen glance,
Out of the ballroom’s fatiguing glare,
In safe seclusion and cooler air,
Curtained from view by the window-lace,        5
Stands a sweet vision of girlish grace—
Fluttering drapery of gauzy white—
Eyes like the depths of a summer night;
Four hands confusingly interlaced,
Protective coat sleeve around her waist,        10
Glance so alluring and smile so rash,
Threatening approach of a bold mustache;
Wilfully tossing her dainty head,
“Some one is looking this way,” she said.
 
Slipping mischievously out of reach,        15
Yet half repenting her wilful speech;
Watching results with a vague alarm,
Wholly released from his willing arm;
Looking as shy as a sweet wild rose,
With the soft color that comes and goes;        20
And dainty fingers, set free, now fain
To be close prisoners o’er again,
Turning half nervously in and out;
Ruby lips arched to a tempting pout,
Secretly longing to say enough        25
To make amends for the late rebuff—
Penitently, and with drooping head,
“No one is looking just now,” she said.
 
 
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