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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vol. III: Literature of the Revolutionary Period, 1765–1787
 
Days of My Youth
By St. George Tucker (1752–1827)
 
[Born in the Island of Bermuda, 1752. Died in Nelson Co., Va., 1827. Fugitive Stanzas.]

DAYS of my youth,
  Ye have glided away;
Hairs of my youth,
  Ye are frosted and gray;
Eyes of my youth,        5
  Your keen sight is no more;
Cheeks of my youth,
  Ye are furrowed all o’er,
Strength of my youth,
  All your vigor is gone;        10
Thoughts of my youth,
  Your gay visions are flown.
 
Days of my youth,
  I wish not your recall;
Hairs of my youth,        15
  I’m content ye should fall;
Eyes of my youth,
  You much evil have seen;
Cheeks of my youth,
  Bathed in tears have you been;        20
Thoughts of my youth,
  You have led me astray;
Strength of my youth,
  Why lament your decay?
 
Days of my age,        25
  Ye will shortly be past;
Pains of my age,
  Yet awhile ye can last;
Joys of my age,
  In true wisdom delight;        30
Eyes of my age,
  Be religion your light;
Thoughts of my age,
  Dread ye not the cold sod;
Hopes of my age,        35
  Be ye fixed on your God.
 
 
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