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First Line: Platonic friendship, at your years
Last Line: And try to be platonic.
Subject(s): Friendship

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.

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