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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Ralph Hodgson. 
 
109. Time, You Old Gipsy Man
 
TIME, you old gipsy man, 
  Will you not stay, 
Put up your caravan 
  Just for one day? 
  
All things I'll give you         5
Will you be my guest, 
Bells for your jennet 
Of silver the best, 
Goldsmiths shall beat you 
A great golden ring,  10
Peacocks shall bow to you, 
Little boys sing, 
Oh, and sweet girls will 
Festoon you with may. 
Time, you old gipsy,  15
Why hasten away? 
  
Last week in Babylon, 
Last night in Rome, 
Morning, and in the crush 
Under Paul's dome;  20
Under Paul's dial 
You tighten your rein— 
Only a moment, 
And off once again; 
Off to some city  25
Now blind in the womb, 
Off to another 
Ere that's in the tomb. 
  
Time, you old gipsy man, 
  Will you not stay,  30
Put up your caravan 
  Just for one day? 
 
 
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