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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
An Old Man’s Song
 
Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
 
 
YE are young, ye are young,
  I am old, I am old;
And the song has been sung
  And the story been told.
 
Your locks are as brown        5
  As the mavis in May,
Your hearts are as warm
  As the sunshine to-day,
But mine white and cold
  As the snow on the brae.        10
 
And Love, like a flower,
  Is growing for you,
Hands clasping, lips meeting,
  Hearts beating so true;
While Fame like a star        15
In the midnight afar
  Is flashing for you.
 
For you the To-come,
  But for me the Gone-by,
You are panting to live,        20
  I am waiting to die;
The meadow is empty,
  No flower groweth high,
And naught but a socket
  The face of the sky.        25
 
Yea, howso we dream,
  Or how bravely we do;
The end is the same,
  Be we traitor or true:
And after the bloom        30
  And the passion is past,
  Death cometh at last.
 

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