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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
To Age
 
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
 
WELCOME, old friend! These many years
  Have we liv’d door by door:
The Fates have laid aside their shears
  Perhaps for some few more.
 
I was indocile at an age        5
  When better boys were taught,
But thou at length hast made me sage,
  If I am sage in aught.
 
Little I know from other men,
  Too little they from me,        10
But thou hast pointed well the pen
  That writes these lines to thee.
 
Thanks for expelling Fear and Hope,
  One vile, the other vain;
One’s scourge, the other’s telescope,        15
  I shall not see again:
 
Rather what lies before my feet
  My notice shall engage.
He who hath brav’d Youth’s dizzy heat
  Dreads not the frost of Age.        20
 

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