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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
 
When I Was One-and-Twenty
By A. E. Housman
 
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        5
  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,        10
“The heart out of the bosom
  Was never given in vain;
’T is paid with sighs a-plenty
  And sold for endless rue.”
And I am two-and-twenty,        15
  And oh, ’t is true, ’t is true.
 
 
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