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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Ballad
 
Thomas Hood (1799–1845)
 
 
    SPRING it is cheery,
    Winter is dreary,
Green leaves hang, but the brown must fly;
    When he ’s forsaken,
    Wither’d and shaken,        5
What can an old man do but die?
 
    Love will not clip him,
    Maids will not lip him,
Maud and Marian pass him by;
    Youth it is sunny,        10
    Age has no honey,
What can an old man do but die?
 
    June it was jolly,
    O for its folly!
A dancing leg and a laughing eye;        15
    Youth may be silly,
    Wisdom is chilly,
What can an old man do but die?
 
    Friends they are scanty,
    Beggars are plenty,        20
If he has followers, I know why;
    Gold ’s in his clutches,
    (Buying him crutches!)
What can an old man do but die?
 

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