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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
By St George Tucker (1752–1827)
DAYS 1 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 furrow’d 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 fix’d on your God.
Note 1. The Hon. St George Tucker was, we think, a Virginian. [back]

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