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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
The Winter Pear
By William Allingham (1824–1889)
 
From ‘Ballads and Songs’

IS always Age severe?
    Is never Youth austere?
Spring-fruits are sour to eat;
    Autumn’s the mellow time.
Nay, very late in the year,        5
    Short day and frosty rime,
Thought, like a winter pear,
    Stone-cold in summer’s prime,
May turn from harsh to sweet.
 
 
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