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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XIII. 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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