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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Catch for Singing
By Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
 
SAID the Old Young Man to the Young Old Man:
“Alack, and well-a-day!”
Said the Young Old Man to the Old Young Man:
“The cherry-tree’s in flourish!”
 
Said the Old Young Man to the Young Old Man:        5
“The world is growing gray.”
Said the Young Old Man to the Old Young Man:
“The cherry-tree’s in flourish!”
 
Said the Old Young Man to the Young Old Man:
“Both flower and fruit decay.”        10
Said the Young Old Man to the Old Young Man:
“The cherry-tree’s in flourish!”
 
Said the Old Young Man to the Young Old Man:
“Alack, and well-a-day!
The world is growing gray:        15
And flower and fruit decay.
Beware, Old Man—beware, Old Man!
For the end of life is nearing;
And the grave yawns by the way …”
 
Said the Young Old Man to the Old Young Man:        20
“I’m a trifle hard of hearing;
And can’t catch a word you say …
But the cherry-tree’s in flourish!”
 
 
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