’tis that time of the year

Poems / Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

When you browse through archives, and reflect on days past,and wonder what tomorrow will bring. And are easily moved – especially by poems such as ‘When first we faced’ and the quiet world.

Further inspired by the discussion with IS, I am encouraged to paste the following below:

When I Was One-and-Twenty

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

8 Replies to “’tis that time of the year”

  1. ’tis true. I wish someone had told me and I wish even more, that I’d have listened.

    Good to know you’ve kept afloat though.

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