When I was One-and-Twenty

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Copyright © 2001-2017 by Russ Meyer

 

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 a plenty
    And sold for endless rue.”
And I am two-and-twenty,
    And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.


          - A. E. Housman