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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
The Flight of Youth
By Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)
 
[Born in Bingham, Mass., 1825. Died in New York, N. Y., 1903. Songs of Summer. 1856. The Book of the East. 1871.—Poems. Complete Edition. 1880.]

THERE are gains for all our losses,
  There are balms for all our pain:
But when youth, the dream, departs,
It takes something from our hearts,
  And it never comes again.        5
 
We are stronger, and are better,
  Under manhood’s sterner reign:
Still we feel that something sweet
Followed youth, with flying feet,
  And will never come again.        10
 
Something beautiful is vanished,
  And we sigh for it in vain:
We behold it everywhere,
On the earth, and in the air,
  But it never comes again.        15
 
 
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