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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Massachusetts Poets.  1922.
An Old Song
Arthur Ketchum
WHEN I was but a young lad,
  And that is long ago,
I thought that luck loved every man,
  And time his only foe,
And love was like a hawthorn bush        5
  That blossomed every May,
And had but to choose his flower,
  For that’s the young lad’s way.
Oh, youth’s a thriftless squanderer,
  It’s easy come and spent,        10
And heavy is the going now
  Where once the light foot went.
The hawthorn bush puts on its white,
  The throstle whistles clear,
But Spring comes once for every man        15
  Just once in all the year.


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