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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VI. Fancy.  1904.
 
Poems of Sentiment: II. Life
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
        Listened to many a one,—        5
Some in his youth, and more when he grew old.
 
        I never sat among
        The choir of Wisdom’s song,
          But pretty lies loved 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 Landor! I am quite
        Bewildered with affright;
I see (sit quiet now!) a white hair on your head!”
 
        Another, more benign,
        Drew out that hair of mine,        20
          And in her own dark hair
        Pretended she had found
        That one, and twirled it round.—
Fair as she was, she never was so fair.
 
 
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