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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
Lost Years
By Eugene Lee-Hamilton (1845–1907)
 
MY boyhood went: it went where went the trace
  Left by the pony’s hoofs upon the sand;
  It went where went the stream sought rod in hand;
It went where went the ice on the pond’s face.
Then went my youth: it went where Dawn doth chase        5
  The ballroom’s lights away with pearly wand;
  It went where went the echoes of the band;
It went where go the nights that steal Day’s place.
 
And now my manhood goes where goes the song
  Of captive birds, the cry of crippled things;        10
    It goes where goes the day that unused dies.
The cage is narrow and the bars are strong
  In which my restless spirit beats its wings;
    And round me stretch unfathomable skies.
 
 
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