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The doorway to the soul,
Its hinges seldom used,
Yearns virtue to enroll
Lest beauty be abused.

Minerva, open wide
That eternal portal!
Should passion long abide
Beyond what is mortal?

Wisdom of the ages,
Proud portents of the past,
Where amid your pages
Is Love foretold to last?

Unused be the doorway,
Dank, musty stay the cave
Where Life could give away
What Love denies the grave!


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