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Poet's Corner: When I was one-and-twenty

When I was one-and-twenty
A Shropshire Lad, no. 13

WHEN I was one-and-twenty
 I heard a wise man say,
'Give crowns and pounds and guineas
 But not your heart away;

Give pearls away and rubies
 But keep your fancy free.'
But I was one-and-twenty,
 No use to talk to me.

When I was one-and-twenty
 I heard him say again,
'The heart out of the bosom
 Was never given in vain;
'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
 And sold for endless rue.'
And I am two-and-twenty,
 And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

A. E. Housman (1859–1936)

March 26 is a big day in the world of poetry; it's the birthday of both A. E. Houseman and Robert Frost, and the date on which Walt Whitman died. And speaking of Walt Whitman, let me just say: "Damn you, Walt Whitman! I! Hate! You! Walt! Freaking! Whitman! Leaves of Grass, my ass!"
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