Long may that night be dearto us, Nealce, that
first laid you to rest upon my heart. Dear be the bed and the genius of the couch,
and the silent lamp that saw you come softly to do our pleasure. Come, then, let us
endure though we have grown older, and employ the years which a brief delay will
blot out. It is lawful and right to prolong an old love: grant that what we began in
haste may not hastily be ended.
Petronius Arbiter. Petronius. Michael Heseltine. London. William Heinemann. 1913.
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