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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
983. To Critics
 
By Walter Learned
 
 
WHEN I was seventeen I heard
  From each censorious tongue,
“I ’d not do that if I were you;
  You see you ’re rather young.”
 
Now that I number forty years,        5
  I ’m quite as often told
Of this or that I should n’t do
  Because I ’m quite too old.
 
O carping world! If there ’s an age
  Where youth and manhood keep        10
An equal poise, alas! I must
  Have passed it in my sleep.
 

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