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When I Was One-And-Twenty

 

When I was one-and-twenty

I heard a wise man say,

"Give crowns and pounds and guineas

But not your heart away;

Give pearls away and rubies

But keep your fancy free."

But I was one-and-twenty,

No use to talk to me.

 

When I was one-and-twenty

I heard him say again,

"The heart out of the bosom

Was never given in vain;

'Tis paid with sighs aplenty

And sold for endless rue."

And I am two-and-twenty

And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

 

by A.E. Housman, written in 1896

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Taken on July 12, 2011