PHILANDER'S SONG - James Whitcomb Riley Poems


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(from "The Sprightly Pilgrim")

I sat and read Anacreon.
    Moved by the gay, delicious measure
I mused that lips were made for love,
    And love to charm a poet's leisure.

And as I mused a maid came by
    With something in her look that caught me.
Forgotten was Anacreon's line,
    But not the lesson he had taught me.