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When I Was One-And-Twenty

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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,
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WarLock 12 February 2019
I must admit that I came by this terrific poem by way of one of the best TWILIGHT ZONE episodes: " The Changing Of The Guard" .
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Sagnik Chakraborty 26 September 2014
The poem raises a pertinent question, whether to fall in love and risk heartbreak, or keep love at bay and one's heart intact. I personally would go with Tennyson: Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
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Christopher Tye 06 July 2012
I've always loved this poem since I first read it & George Butterworth's setting of the poem intensifies its already great beauty.
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Orly Palmaria 25 March 2012
some people fail to appreciate the wisdom
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Aleksey Kotenev 21 October 2004
I did underline translation into the Russian language.
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