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  • Gentle Revenge

    From the Richmond Times Dispatch, July 2, 1915.

    When she gave him a smile—
        As she did in the dance—
    It was not done in guile,
        Nor with wish to enhance
            His burning affection;
    But the fact was, it had
        That effect, just the same,
    And the poor foolish lad
        Was so scorched by love’s flame
            He moped in dejection.

    Which perceiving, she felt
        She had played the wrong part,
    And then felt pity melt
        To its kin in her heart—
            A fitting location.
    So this damsel and swain
        Tuned their lives to Love’s lays,
    And walked down Lover’s Lane
        For the rest of their days—
            Grief got a vacation!