Edwin Arlington Robinson (22 December 1869 – 6 April 1935 / Maine / United States)
Poems of Edwin Arlington Robinson
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The ghost of Ninon would be sorry now
To laugh at them, were she to see them here,
So brave and so alert for learning how
To fence with reason for another year.
Age offers a far comelier diadem
Than theirs; but anguish has no eye for grace,
When time’s malicious mercy cautions them
To think a while of number and of space.