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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
132. We Were Boys Together
 
By George Pope Morris
 
 
WE were boys together,
  And never can forget
The school-house near the heather,
  In childhood where we met;
The humble home to memory dear,        5
  Its sorrows and its joys;
Where woke the transient smile or tear,
  When you and I were boys.
 
We were youths together,
  And castles built in air,        10
Your heart was like a feather,
  And mine weighed down with care;
To you came wealth with manhood’s prime,
  To me it brought alloys—
Foreshadowed in the primrose time,        15
  When you and I were boys.
 
We ’re old men together:
  The friends we loved of yore,
With leaves of autumn weather,
  Are gone forevermore.        20
How blest to age the impulse given,
  The hope time ne’er destroys,
Which led our thoughts from earth to heaven
  When you and I were boys!
 

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