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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
18. Days of My Youth
 
By St. George Tucker
 
 
DAYS of my youth,
    Ye have glided away;
Hairs of my youth,
    Ye are frosted and gray;
Eyes of my youth,        5
    Your keen sight is no more;
Cheeks of my youth,
    Ye are furrowed all o’er;
Strength of my youth,
    All your vigor is gone;        10
Thoughts of my youth,
    Your gay visions are flown.
 
Days of my youth,
    I wish not your recall;
Hairs of my youth,        15
    I ’m content ye should fall;
Eyes of my youth,
    You much evil have seen;
Cheeks of my youth,
    Bathed in tears have you been;        20
Thoughts of my youth,
    You have led me astray;
Strength of my youth,
    Why lament your decay?
 
Days of my age,        25
    Ye will shortly be past;
Pains of my age,
    Yet awhile ye can last;
Joys of my age,
    In true wisdom delight;        30
Eyes of my age,
    Be religion your light;
Thoughts of my age,
    Dread ye not the cold sod;
Hopes of my age,        35
    Be ye fixed on your God.
 

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