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DAN, by            
First Line: This toast is to a liar who
Last Line: Had cupid told the truth!
Subject(s): Cupid; Duplicity; Eros; Deceit

This toast is to a liar who
Enchants us when he lies,
Whose frank deceit is always sweet
As breath of summer skies.

The lies he tells ring wedding bells
That might not ring, perchance.
He jilts each one whose heart he's won;
But never jilts Romance.

Dan Cupid is the god of bliss
Whose fiction is so gay.
He springs his lies with quick surprise,
And Reason flits away.

He rides supreme through every scheme
That sober minds may plan;
But no one dares -- or really cares --
To interfere with Dan.

We'd rather not disturb a plot
That Cupid deigns to make --
We'd rather keep our wits asleep,
For everybody's sake.

We would not try -- not you nor I --
To set him right, in sooth;
For we, my dear, might not be here,
Had Cupid told the truth!

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