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Short poem

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Young and Old

              1When all the world is young, lad,
              2    And all the trees are green;
              3And every goose a swan, lad,
              4    And every lass a queen;
              5Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
              6    And round the world away!
              7Young blood must have its course, lad,
              8    And every dog his day.

              9When all the world is old, lad,
            10    And all the trees are brown;
            11And all the sport is stale, lad,
            12    And all the wheels run down;
            13Creep home, and take your place there,
            14    The spent and maimed among;
            15God grant you find one face there,
            16    You loved when all was young.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Charles Kingsley, The water-babies; a fairy tale for a land-baby (London: Macmillan, 1863). vnh Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1863
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP.2.487; RPO 1996-2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/9

Composition date: 1862
Rhyme: ababcdcd

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