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Fuess and Stearns, comps.  The Little Book of Society Verse.  1922.
The Prime of Life
By Walter Learned
JUST as I thought I was growing old,
  Ready to sit in my easy-chair,
To watch the world with a heart grown cold,
  And smile at a folly I would not share,
Rose came by with a smile for me,        5
  And I am thinking that forty year
Is n’t the age that it seems to be,
  When two pretty brown eyes are near.
Bless me! of life it is just the prime,
  A fact that I hope she will understand;        10
And forty year is a perfect rhyme
  To dark brown eyes and a pretty hand.
These gray hairs are by chance, you see—
  Boys are sometimes gray, I am told:
Rose came by with a smile for me,        15
  Just as I thought I was getting old.

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