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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
A. E. Housman. 1859–
 
30. When I Was One-and-Twenty
 
WHEN I was one-and-twenty 
  I heard a wise man say, 
"Give crowns and pounds and guineas 
  But not your heart away; 
Give pearls away and rubies         5
  But keep your fancy free." 
But I was one-and-twenty, 
  No use to talk to me. 
  
When I was one-and-twenty 
  I heard him say again,  10
"The heart out of the bosom 
  Was never given in vain; 
  
'Tis paid with sighs a-plenty 
  And sold for endless rue." 
And I am two-and-twenty,  15
  And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true. 
 
 
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