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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
The One White Hair
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
        THE WISEST of the wise
        Listen to pretty lies
          And love to hear them told;
        Doubt not that Solomon
        Listen’d to many a one,—        5
Some in his youth, and more when he grew old.
        I never was among
        The choir of Wisdom’s song,
          But pretty lies lov’d I
        As much as any king,        10
        When youth was on the wing,
And (must it then be told?) when youth had quite gone by.
        Alas! and I have not
        The pleasant hour forgot
          When one pert lady said,        15
        “O Walter! I am quite
        Bewilder’d with affright!
I see (sit quiet now) a white hair on your head!”
        Another more benign
        Snipp’d it away from mine,        20
          And in her own dark hair
        Pretended it was found…
        She leap’d, and twirl’d it round…
Fair as she was, she never was so fair!


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