Tuesday, April 9, 2013


When I Was One-and-Twenty
A.E. Housman

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 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.

Works Cited
Housman, A.E. "When I Was One-and-Twenty." British Literature, for Christian Schools. Greenville, SC: BJU Press, 1992. 303. Print.

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